Think tanks converge for Tagum’s urban dev’t confab

TAGUM CITY— A fast-growing commercial hub in Davao region, Tagum City organized once again the Urban Development Summit which aims to address the needs of the present citizens without compromising the needs of the future generations.

On December 4,2019, hundreds of participants from different sectors attended the Urban Development Summit to address global issues such as poverty, economic inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, sustainable consumption, and peace and justice. The group was divided into two: professionals and students.

According to the City Planning and Development Office, the city is identified by the Regional Development Council as the alternative resettlement site and financial center outside of Davao City thus, the demand for land use intended for urban development is much expected, and needs preparation not only from the government but also by the private sector.

The city boasted its efforts to secure Tagum’s future growth and development. One of those is the creation of the Technical Working Group (TWG) with the help of UN Habitat – Philippines and Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board Southern Mindanao Region (HLURB – SMR) both tasked to conduct a Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA) to determine the nature and extent of risk that could harm the people, services, property, livelihood, and environment.

In addition, Mayor Allan L. Rellon announced that he will welcome recommendations from the stakeholders relating to planning and implementing sustainable development projects and programs.

The urban summit focused on People (Social Equity), Planet (Environment), and Profit (Economy) which are the central topic of the breakout sessions.

Meanwhile, Hijo Resources Corporation is set to donate its 2 hectares lot near Phoenix Gas station in Madaum to the local government unit to be utilized as an intermodal station. CPDO is currently conducting a feasibility study in the area. Ziyarah S. Manalo/CIO Tagum


Mayor Allan L. Rellon shares his enthusiasm for the coming sustainable projects in the city that would conserve and preserve Tagum’s environment in spite of the threat of the rapid urbanization. Miko Pongan/CIO Tagum


The City Planning and Development Office Coordinator Arturo B. Manigo, RA, EnP explicates Connectivity, Accessibility, and Mobility spatial strategy. This is crucial for the sustainable development that is set to happen in the City of Palms. Miko Pongan/CIO Tagum


Enp Lemuel Lloyd Manalo discussed the importance of urban greenery, accessible parks, and safe spaces in highly urbanized developing cities to the participants. Miko Pongan/CIO Tagum


A member of the Palafox and Associates company, Ar. Karla Kressel L. Cereño, RMP, EnP, DURP indulged the participants about the “Green Building Designs”. Miko Pongan/CIO Tagum