The Municipality of Cabugao, Ilocos Sur has partnered with Palafox Associates for the formulation of their Comprehensive Urban Development Plan, which was officially launched last December 1, 2022, at the town’s Municipal Hall.
Among the 54 attendees were Ilocos Sur’s former Governor Chavit Singson and incumbent town officials, namely: Mayor Josh Edward Cobangbang, Vice Mayor Edgardo Cobangbang, Jr., Councilor Jeremy Seguban, Jr., ABC President Thaddeus A. Soler, and Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator Florante Jara.
Through the Kick-Off Meeting, the Palafox team sought to lay down the project’s scope, timeline, and phases; present the data requirements; and gather the stakeholders’ expectations for the Comprehensive Urban Development Plan. Insights on the initial priority areas for development and the roles of various offices in the formulation of the plan were shared, which was followed by an alignment meeting with Mayor Josh Cobangbang and Vice Mayor Edgardo Cobangbang.
The completed plan would help Cabugao determine new growth areas to achieve spatial balance, identify new access roads to decongest the current and future traffic situation, and specify local tourism development areas, thereby improving its tourism industry while incorporating local and international best practices, policies, and community aspirations.
The next steps to look forward to would be the project’s Situational Analysis Report, First Public Consultation, and Site Validation.