NEDA Asec. Carlos Bernardo Abad Santos and NRO IV-A Regional Director Luis G. Banua (top center) with the participants of the Tagaytay Urban Carrying Capacity Regional Dissemination Forum. (Photo by: NEDA Region IV-A)

A study by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region IV-A revealed that Tagaytay City had reached critical levels on road capacity, water supply and air quality, causing pressure on its physical and natural resources.  

The most critical concern is the water supply as the current supply of 23,340 m3/day is not enough to meet the daily demand of 28,176 m3/day which includes not just the residents but commercial establishments catering to tourists. Without the tourists, the current water supply will be enough for the projected population in  2026. The water shortage is evident as water rationing is being experienced by those interviewed in the study.  

Another major concern is road capacity. The major roads leading to the City already have moderate to heavy traffic throughout the year. Heavy traffic is a norm during weekends and holiday seasons making travel to the City very challenging to tourists, while locals opt to stay at home to avoid heavy traffic.  

Air quality had also suffered. Carbon emissions of motor vehicles have reached over the capacity for carbon sequestration of the City’s green cover. According to public opinion, Tagaytay City has grown warmer.  

According to NEDA Assistant Secretary Carlos Bernardo O. Abad Santos, “NEDA intends to promote the conduct of Urban Carrying Capacity (UCC) studies across the country to improve planning of the local government units and provide inputs for various development plans to prioritize and implement short and medium-term interventions.”  

According to NEDA IV-A Regional Director Luis G. Banua “knowing a city’s urban carrying capacity will help the local government and the region’s 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 Assistant Regional Director Gina T. Gacusan, the pandemic bought the local government time to act on the critical indicators presented. She added that time is of the essence in addressing the challenges on the carrying capacity of Tagaytay towards the central goal of improving the quality of life of the City.   

The results of the study under the Tagaytay City Urban Carrying Capacity Research Project of NEDA Region IV-A were presented during the Public Consultation, and  Regional Dissemination Forum held on October 30 and November 25, 2020, respectively  via Zoom Videoconference. Both activities were participated by local officials and planners from the provincial and city government, regional line agencies, academe and private sector.

NEDA Region IV-A through the REECS and Tractebel Consultants also conducted a Training on the Methodology in Estimating the Tagaytay UCC to local planners and the academe from November 17-18, 2020.

Michael R. Lavadia, NEDA Region IV-A | November 26, 2020