Siargao master plan in the works

A master plan by a renowned urban planner is in the pipeline to position Siargao Islands as a prime tourist destination and truly livable place for its communities.

The master plan will not just strike a balance among people, the environment and economy, but it will also seek to be the guide to aligning plans and projects of the private sector, national and local governments, said Karmi Palafox, senior urban planning consultant of Palafox Associates.

Palafox, in an interview with MindaNews Thursday evening, disclosed that their firm has recently secured the consultancy services for the Master Plan of Siargao Islands.

An electronic copy of the contract from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) indicates that the project was awarded last December 27, 2017.

Commissioned by TIEZA, Palafox Associates will aim to address the breakneck pace of development in the islands, which is increasingly putting a strain on their delicate ecosystem. (Mindanews)