GenSan Cited for Innovative Approach to Urban Planning
Byline: : BONG REBLANDO
GENERAL SANTOS CITY General Santos City was awarded as one of seven best-performing cities nationwide for crafting a comprehensive land use plan.
Earlier, this city was also cited as country's most competitive city.
The award was conferred recently by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council on City Mayor Pedro Acharon Jr. at the posh Shangri-La Makati Hotel in Makati City.
"For its innovative approach to urban planning, General Santos City is hereby conferred this award as best performing city for its comprehensive land-use plan," the awarding committee, jointly chaired by Interior and Local Government Secretary Joey Lina and Housing Secretary Mike Defensor, said.
"This award is a great honor for the city and our people," Acharon said as he waved yesterday the plaque to reporters covering the City Hall here.
For two consecutive years from 20012002, General Santos City was also conferred as the most competitive city in the country by the prestigious Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and key universities in the country together with the DILG.
He said the city's strategic zoning locational plan for its industrial, agricultural, and residential sites, including its open spaces and public parks under the city's land-use plan, was cited by the DILG and HUDCC for its "innovative approach. …