A 10-HECTARE property in the small town of Sablan is being eyed for development as an information technology (IT) economic zone as part of the BLISTT (Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay) growth strategy. Baguio City Benjamin B. Magalong, chair of the BLISTT Council, announced last week that the lot owner has already expressed willingness to discuss the venture. Another potential site for development has also been identified in the town of Tublay. The creation of the BLISTT zone, informally referred to as Metro Baguio, is intended to spread economic growth in areas adjacent to Baguio City, specifically the five towns under Benguet province. The council is tasked with the coordination of projects and programs, including those relating to traffic, infrastructure, and tourism. “We can’t just concentrate or focus on Baguio alone. We have to help our neighbors develop and sustain their growth,” Mr. Magalong said in a statement. Last March 6, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) briefed local leaders on the benefits of setting up ecozones and determining what industries are suitable for their respective areas. PEZA representatives also committed to assist with the promotion of the growth area to investors. The council is also preparing to pass a resolution authorizing Mr. Magalong to represent BLISTT members in discussions with potential investors. Bills on the creation of the BLISTT Development Authority are pending in Congress.
BAGUIO P4 RULES
Meanwhile, Baguio City announced on Friday that the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of its local public-private partnership code has been completed. The IRR for the city’s Public-Private Partnership for the People Initiative (P4) Code is contained in an executive order issued by the mayor. It spells out the revised P4 selection committee membership, procedures, and eligible projects, which include power generation, various infrastructure, water supply and distribution, and processing facilities, among others. All recommendations of the P4 selection committee will be subject to the assessment and approval of the mayor with prior authorization from the city council.