CALBAYOG CITY- The City Planning and Development Office(CPDO) along with other concerned offices in the city government of Calbayog like that of the City Solid Waste Management Office, City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Health Office, City Agriculture Office, City Environment and Natural Resources Office and City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management office recently conducted a 5-day training-workshop on Land Use-Based Barangay Development Plan Formulation thru Sustainable, Integrated Management and Planning for LGU Ecosystems (SIMPLE). Participants to this training were officials and representatives from various sectors from the three barangays of Capoocan, Carmen and Obrero.

In his message, Mayor Ronaldo Aquino said that a big task awaits them as the city’s progress starts from a successfully formulated barangay development plan. The city mayor said that unity could result to progress as he further called for their support to the economic plan of the city government. Meanwhile, Engr. Harold Sodusta of the CPDO said that they target to cover all of the 157 barangays composing the city for the said training-workshop.

He added that after every training-workshop they conduct for a cluster of barangays, these barangays are given one month to formulate their 6-year barangay development plan, present their output in a barangay assembly for constituents’ assessment, submit it to the barangay council for legislation and enactment, then forward the document to Sangguniang Panlungsod for the latter’s approval. Once approved, the document will now become the basis in the implementation of plans and programs in the barangay for six years regardless of change in administration, Sodusta said. (AIMEE A. CATALAN/PR)