PCSD Holds Experts’ Forum on Land Use

The Philippine Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) conducted an Experts’ Forum on Land Use last February 28 at the Crowne Plaza, Ortigas Center. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan in his keynote speech said that a comprehensive national land use policy could effectively guide the government’s efforts to promote and attain sustainable development for the country.

The event gathered several technical and academic experts who presented their own issue papers on land use. They included: Dr. Candido Cabrido, who presented a framework for land use; Dr. Rex Victor Cruz, Chancellor of UP Los Baños; Dr. Teodoro Santos of the UP Planning and Development Research Foundation, Inc.; Arch. Encarnacion Raralio, former president of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners and Mr. Elmer Mercado.

Deputy Director-General Margarita Songco is PCSD Coordinator while Agriculture Staff Director Mercedita Sombilla heads the PCSD Coordinating Secretariat.

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