UPLB, through the College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR), has partnered with the Municipal Government of Los Baños (MGLB) to update the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of Los Baños.
This initiative is under the auspices of the Watershed Integrated Area Land Use Planning (WILUP) project of UPLB, which is funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD).
The WILUP project aims to promote the robust implementation of the Ridge-to-Reef or Watershed Ecosystem Management (R2R/WEM) Approach to integrated land use planning for resiliency and sustainability of watersheds, ecosystems and people for local and national development.
The signing ceremony was held at the Los Baños Municipal Hall last May 15, 2023, with Chancellor Jose V. Camacho, Jr. leading the delegation from UPLB, composed of former chancellor and Academician Rex Victor Cruz, Dean Marlo Mendoza of CFNR, WILUP project leader Vida Carandang, and Vice Chancellors Fernando Paras, Jr., (for planning and development), Rolando Bello (for administration), and Roberto Cereno (for community affairs).
The MGLB was led by Mayor Anthony Genuino. With him were Municipal Administrator Roberto Rañola, Jr., Chief of Staff Miraflor Tado, Municipal Planning and Development Office head Twyla Torres, and Lou Reyes.
Dr. Reynaldo Ebora, executive director of DOST-PCAARRD, witnessed the signing ceremony.
The CFNR is also working with the Municipality of San Gabriel in La Union to update the latter’s CLUP and will execute a similar memorandum of agreement soon. (Ana Vera G. Oleta)