Technical staff from the Environment, Land Use, and Urban Development Division (ELUUDD) of the Ministry of Human Settlements and Development, the Housing Arm of the BARMM, continue to extend their services on the 1st Module for the Formulation and Updating of their Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs) to the second cluster of Local Government Units (LGUs) from Maguindanao at the Eighty-Eight Hotel, Koronadal City on September 05-08, 2022.

The four-day training upskilled the participants on the concepts of the CLUP, provided lectures and workshops on sectoral studies, and enhanced skills in maps preparation through the Geographic Information System (GIS) application.

Participants were divided into two teams, the Writeshop and the Mapping team. The Writeshop team was assisted by the HHROs to update their respective sectoral data, while the Mapping team was trained to draft and update their respective land use plans, including base and hazard maps using the Quantum GIS application.

Engr. Muslima K. Abusama, Housing and Homesite Regulation Officer (HHRO) IV for the Maguindanao Province, presented the ELUD mandates, the CLUP planning processes, and the demography and infrastructure sector of the CLUP Guidebook.

The Social Sector was presented by Mursidier A. Sajili, Basilan HHRO-IV and Jehanna M. Abdulkarim, Regional HHRO-III, while the Economic Sector was presented by Abdulgaffur Casim, Regional HHRO- III, and Bensaudi Taludjog, Sulu HHRO-IV.

Ali M. Macadaag, Regional HHRO-I, discussed the Contents of CLUP Volume 3 of the 2013 Enhanced Guidelines.

Participants were composed of Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators (MPDCs), Planning Officers, and Mapping Technicians from the LGUs of Barira, Mamasapano, South Upi, Datu Saudi Ampatuan and Talayan.

Noroden S. Abdullah, RF, Director for the MHSD Maguindanao Office, officially opened the program with a reminder to the participants that environmental protection should be alongside each development.

“Any land development should consider the protection of the environment, which then ultimately considers the protection of the community,” Dir. Abdullah said, then assured that the MHSD will continue providing support and technical assistance to LGUs.

HHRO Abusama formally closed the program expressing her gratitude to the participants for their active contribution throughout the training

The next modular training for this cluster will focus on land use and Climate Disaster Risk Assessment integration, scheduled for November, this year.