Participants of the Tagatay Urban Carrying Capacity Public Consultation Forum led by NEDA IV-A Regional Director Luis G. Banua (center top row).

NEDA Region IV-A held a Public Consultation for the Research and Development (R&D) Project on Estimating the Urban Carrying Capacity (UCC) of Tagaytay City on October 30, 2020 via Zoom videoconference.

The consultation solicited inputs and comments from key stakeholders on the major findings and issues, as well as the proposed policies and interventions to be considered in the finalization of the study, which is being conducted by the Joint Venture of Tractebel and REECS Consultants through the NEDA R&D Project.

“Knowing the city’s urban carrying capacity will enable the planners and decision-makers to formulate more responsive plans, policies and priority programs and projects, especially during periods of economic shocks such as the recent Taal Volcanic eruption and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic” according to NEDA Region IV-A Director Luis G. Banua in his welcome message. He added that it was fortunate that NEDA has R&D funds for this kind of study as NEDA Region IV-A considers the important contribution of Tagaytay City as one of the region’s main tourists destination.

According to the project team consultant headed by Ms. Maria Theresa L. Quimpo, Tagaytay City had reached critical levels on road capacity, water supply and air quality, causing pressure on its physical and natural resources.

According to NEDA Region IV-A Assistant Director Gina T. Gacusan the pandemic bought the local government time to act on the critical indicators presented. She ended with a strong note that time is of the essence in addressing the challenges on the carrying capacity of Tagayaty towards the central goal of improving the quality of life of the City.

The activity was attended by the local planners and officials from the provincial and city government and officers and representatives from the the City Health Office, the City Social Welfare and Development Office, and the Philippine National Police-Tagaytay. Private sector representatives and participants from CvSU, DAP, DENR, DHSUD, and PSA were also present in the activity.

Gied B.Evangelista, NEDA Region IV-A | November 3, 2020