1. Land Use Goals

In pursuit of becoming a progressive agricultural community with a safe and well-balanced environment,  the municipality therefore is oblige to maximize its people’s participation in local governance and to rekindle the degrading moral values of its constituents. Cooperation and teamwork is obligatory not just between the municipal officials but among the people as a whole in order to achieve its goals. The overall goal of the land use plan of the Municipality of Belison is to:

  • Optimize the use of its land resources while keeping it abreast with changing growth conditions in the region in order to achieve self-reliance.
  • Develop its resources in a sustainable manner by utilizing both the natural and capital resources with focus on the enrichment of areas potential to agricultural productivity and agri-business; binding ecotourism and improving policies for commerce and trade.
  1. Development Goals
  2. Reduce poverty incidence. Based on 2009 Municipal Level Small Area Poverty Estimates the poverty incidence of Belison is 25.8%.The percentage decreases to 25% when the National Housing Targeting Office conducted the Listahanan survey last 2015. Despite of the record, the economic progress of the town up to now has proved unsatisfactory as per current situation of the lives of its people. Thereby the challenge is to have a greater efficiency and effectiveness in harmonizing existing poverty programs of the local government ensuring that the targeted clientele, the 25% poor and non-poor households are being served. This requires fixing a database of these households, and warranting that they are prioritized in terms of all poverty reduction programs of the municipal government, such as housing, education, health and nutrition, microfinance, skills training, livelihood and enterprise development, etc.
  • Increase Agricultural Production. Being an agricultural community, the agriculture sector shall continue to be a major contributor to its economic development. The Plan shall ensure that the use of agricultural land will generate maximum profit without negative consequences especially on the environment. Agricultural land should be used in such manner consistent with its natural qualities to maximize its productivity and also adhere to the principles of sustainable development. At the same time, the plan shall ensure the availability, adequacy, sustainability, accessibility and affordability of basic agricultural products to everyone at all times and shall emphasize the maintenance of food security.
  • Diversify the Economy. Agricultural production plays an important role in the economic development of the town. However, it cannot be avoided that this revenue stream had possibilities of falling down due to external factors. Therefore, a need to diversify the economy is a must. This diversification provides the municipality with the security and reliability that if agricultural production fails, several other options for revenue stream are available. The favorable location of the town can capture the spillover of urban development opportunities of the capital town of the province, hence allowing the town to emerge as a progressive trading hub. Therefore, there is a need to intensify the expansion of the secondary and tertiary economic base by assisting the growth of small and medium scale enterprises and to allocate land for urban uses by converting land least suitable for agricultural and farming uses.
  • Ensure adequate and accessible social services. In order to uplift the quality of life of its people, comprehensive programs on health, education, social welfare, housing and peace and order must be provided effectively to them. Although more had already done yet the growth of provision of basic social services had lagged since it failed to benefit the majority, who feel increasingly alienated because their political institutions provide little relief and have drifted beyond their control. Effective delivery of social services especially to the identified 25% poor constituents must be given priority by the plan to ensure that every constituent has his own share of the pie to cause social advancement and in the long term, inclusive growth will be achieved and poverty will be eradicated.
  • Provide adequate infrastructure support. At the same time inadequate infrastructure has been a major constraint in the realization of the vision. An inefficient transport network (unpaved roads, specifically farm-to-market roads) and dilapidated institutional edifices limits the economic opportunities of the people and unless urgent action is taken, the hitherto threatens not only growth but also the realization of many critical social and economic goals of the town. As population increases, the local government is required to strategically manage investments in the provision of safe, efficient and reliable infrastructures to catalyze the socio-economic progress of the municipality.
  • Enhance quality of life through a well-balanced and disaster resilient environment. Natural resource management could lead to a better environment and better environment provide better livelihood opportunities which apparently gives the people better income thus, increasing their resiliency. Thereby, well-crafted government policies, programs and projects on environmental protection and management are very necessary and must be one of the priorities of the plan. The significant element of this land use plan from the previous one highlights the mainstreaming of climate change and disaster risk reduction and management in all sectors. As a policy, there is a need to consider long-term planning on the municipality’s ecosystems (coastal marine, forest, freshwater, urban, etc.) to recuperate the deteriorated state of the town’s environment and natural resources to which the poor depend on for their livelihood and in order to improve their resiliency towards disaster and climate change.
  • Promote upright governance and responsible people. This requires transparency and accountability to give “voice” to people, enables civil society to become partners of government, and makes the government more responsive to the needs of citizens in order to regain the vanishing faith of the people to the local government. At the same time, it requires continuously broadening participatory and collaborative governance mechanisms that will encourage individual citizens, households, organized groups, local institutions and even neighboring municipalities to partner with the local government in realizing mutually beneficial goals.
  1. Land Use Objectives

The Comprehensive Land Use Plan of the Municipality of Belison is a document that will provide guidance to policy makers, decision makers and the stakeholders on how to make decisions on public and private land development proposals, the expenditure of public funds, availability of tax policy (tax incentives), cooperative efforts and issues of pressing concern, such as farmland preservation or the rehabilitation of older neighborhoods areas. Its specific objectives are the following:

  • To encourage the most desirable and efficient use of land while enhancing the physical and economic environment of Belison;
  • To direct, harmonize and influence discussions and activities of private and public sectors relative to the use and management of lands;
  • To protect and enhance the viability, livability, and affordability of residential neighborhoods, while integrating multifamily development throughout the municipality;
  • To promote desirable patterns of land uses to prevent wasteful development and minimize the cost of public infrastructure and utilities and other social services;
  • To preserve areas of ecological, aesthetic, historical and cultural significance;
  • To balance open space and environmental preservation with the community’s development needs;
  • To provide an efficient, safe and connective transportation system that is coordinated with existing needs and with plans for future growth; this system should be economical and responsive to adjacent land uses.
  1. Development Objectives

Development objectives are basic tools that underlie all planning and strategic activities. They serve as the basis for creating policy and evaluating performance. The development goals of the land use plan are the following:

  • To increase the income of the constituents from way below poverty line to a level where they can provide their own basic needs;
  • To strengthen agricultural productions as the primary economic base in order to attain food security;
  • To provide adequate local infrastructure such that existing and future development can be served;
  • To ensure sustainability of the natural resources for a well-balanced and disaster-resilient environment;
  • To foster a positive, interactive relationship with the public, and encourage citizen involvement in public financial management;
  • To promote good health for all regardless of their status in life;
  • To provide quality education for all school-age population;
  • To provide justice for all and minimize the presence of all sort of crimes if impossible to fully eradicate it;
  • To provide safe, potable and sustainable water supply to ensure the health and well-being of the populace;
  • To provide opportunities for preserving the municipality’s unique history through maintaining and enhancing eco-tourism areas and cultural tourism attractions;
  • To reinforce the municipality’s image and identity as a community of excellence for residents and businesses through quality land use management and practices;
  • To build up a sound financial management system so as to provide adequate financial resources to meet the development needs of the town.