Based on Land suitability assessment conducted to determine the location of Protection Areas and those that may be earmarked for urban development (Development Opportunity Areas), Protection Areas include those that are part of the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) per RA 7586. These areas should be “managed to enhance biological diversity and protected against destructive human exploitations”. Other areas that should be accorded the same degree of protection include Environmentally Critical Areas (Proclamation 2146), non-NIPAS areas (NPFP), and SAFDZ/NPAAAD (RA 8435).
Lands outside the delineated Protection Areas are then identified as Development Opportunity Areas and are assessed for potential urban development. The land suitability assessment provides the basic framework in determining the various land use strategies of Pinamalayan.
Several maps are generated to identify and/or determine the Protection Areas in the municipality of Pinamalayan. These maps provide the physical and environmental features of the municipality, which are then translated into the degree of constraints. Several references were used that include, among others, the Soil/Land Resources Map, Slope/Erosion and Soil Maps of the Province of Oriental Mindoro from the Bureau of Soils and Water Management, to accurately delineate sensitive areas.
The land use strategy encourages the dispersal of growth across the municipality. This is done through the development of multiple growth nodes centered on the Poblacion, Cacawan-Marfrancisco-Sta. Rita and the Maliangcog-PabmisanMunti areas. This strategy shall be supported by an extensive infrastructure backbone to make socio-economic growth more efficient.
- Major Urban Centers
The major urban centers include the Poblacion and its Fringe Area (portions of Cacawan, Sta. Rita and Marfrancisco) and the PambisanMunti-Maliancog area.
The Poblacion shall remain as the seat of municipal administration, as well as the locus of trade and services. Government interventions shall focus on improving infrastructure and increasing their capacities to absorb the expected intensification of urban growth. This would come in the form of improving utilities (water, power and drainage) as well as road infrastructure (pavements and sidewalks). An urban reforestation program shall be implemented to further upgrade the quality of the Poblacion’s physical environment. The Fringe Area bordering the Poblacion shall function as a predominantly residential area supported by neighborhood-scale services and facilities.
The PambisanMunti-Maliancog Area shall be a long-term major urban center due to its enhanced accessibility and proximity to the airport. A detailed Master Plan shall be prepared in order to provide for an efficient growth framework. Blocks, streets, urban open spaces and utility systems shall be laid out along with a more detailed set of land use controls.
- Urban Corridor
A controlled Urban Corridor shall be developed along the National Highway and the Provincial Road that traverses the airport. An “urban limit” with 250 meters on both sides of the ROWs, of the said roads has been established. This is in order to control urban sprawl and preserve the municipality’s prime agricultural lands.
- Secondary Urban Center
Barangay Pili shall be the Secondary Urban Center. Urban development shall be closely harmonized with the presence of the Pili Port. Agri-processing, cold storage and other port-dependent facilities shall be encouraged in the area. Facilities should be developed with particular.
- Rural Growth Centers
The rural growth centers include Sabang, Banilad and Ranzo. These shall be the venue of shared community facilities and services as well as the center of rural trading in relation to their expected influence areas.
- Transport Framework
The Land Use Plan is closely interrelated to the envisioned Transport Framework. As growth in encouraged, the major inter-regional transit points (PambisanMunti, Recodo and Pili), the linkages between the center and other centers shall be improved. This will not only facilitate the interaction between nodes but shall also provide enhanced access to the rural areas. This will facilitate the marketing and transport of agricultural products, delivery of services, access to tourism sites, hence, complementing the municipality’s vision to improve both the urban and rural economies.