Vigan formulates comprehensive environmental plan
By Freddie G. Lazaro
Vigan City (27 November) -- Local government executives of this world's Heritage City headed by Mayor Eva Marie Singson - Medina had drafted a long -term comprehensive environmental plan (CEP) after five month of intensive study and analysis on the city's current status of its surroundings.
The formulation of the environmental plan was realized with the help of the Environmentalist Robert Alexander "Bob" Breeze, Volunteer Advisor from the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO) and with the assistance of Vigan City Environment and Natural Resources Officer (VCENRO) Glenn Concepcion and Professor Miriam Javier, Director, Center for Sustainable Development, University of Northern Philippines (UNP).
To collect other relevant inputs and bright ideas for incorporation to the CEP, a consultation was held in the Floating Academy of the M/S San Paolo during an educational tour of the city and barangay officials, city department heads, heads of the Non-Government Organizations and People's Organization to Iloilo Province last November 13-16, 2008.
"The formulation of the CEP was primarily aimed to protect our heritage for the welfare of the future generation and for economic development," Mayor Medina said.
According to Mayor Medina, the CEP is a long - term plan integrating all initiatives and projects into one concrete plan that gives a clear road map towards environmental sustainability.
"This CEP, which will be our legacy to Vigan, will served as a concrete aid for conservation and preservation for a cleanest and an environment-friendly Heritage City of Vigan," she added.
The plan provided a clear picture of the environmental issues facing the city in the future with corresponding solutions and plans of activities.
Environmentalist Bob Breeze said, "With the CEP, the environmental problems of the city had been identified through analysis and the solutions and activities addressing to these problems had also been determined."
Among the significant components of the plan includes solid waste management, agriculture and fishery development, groundwater and surface water management, air management, coastal zone management, biodiversity and cross cutting issues.
For his part, Vice Mayor Franz Ranches Jr, the presiding officer of the City Council, assured the immediate approval of the Vigan City environment code (VENC). (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]