"Strategy to ensure sustainable management of the upland resource base and improve the living standards of the communities who derive most of their income from upland farming."
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  • The poor situation of the upland communities is generally attributed to the depleting natural resources that support the economic activities of the upland dwellers.
  • Degradation of the uplands is a complex issue attributed to a wide range of environmental and socio-economic factors that are often “localized” and “land-used related”. Thus, upland situation needs to be distinctly assessed in order to determine and plan accurate solutions according to the specific situation of the local watersheds.
  • The Land Use-based Barangay Development Planning scheme is a strategic approach towards upland development. It is the result of UDP’s efforts in evolving appropriate planning methodologies that would consciously address the fundamental issues and concerns in the uplands.
  • The framework is based on participatory approach, environment-oriented and consciously mainstreamed in barangay and municipal governance for legitimacy and sustainability.

Issues and Concerns

  • Existing programs and services for upland barangays are very limited, and most often, offer limited impact because of inappropriate planning and inadequate strategies.
  • Most watershed management plans are macro-level (e.g. municipal, provincial and regional) which oftentimes are not trickled down at the community level.
  • Present local planning systems such as Barangay Development Plan (BDP) is too sectoral and are not environmentally-oriented.
  • Some local-based community watershed plans initiated by local people organizations are not sustainable and could hardly be legitimized.


  • To enable the community to analyze the situation of the local government and natural resources in the barangay.
  • To formulate a Barangay Land Use plan that would locally delineate forestlands, agricultural lands and other appropriate land use classifications to ensure regulated land uses at the barangay level.
  • To facilitate the formulation of localized land use policies at the barangay level that would support macro level policies affecting watershed areas.
  • To enhance the Barangay Development Plan and improve barangay governance especially environment and natural resource management.
  • To increase community participation and promote multi-sectoral partnership in barangay planning.


  • Improved barangay planning process.
  • Localized regulation of land uses at the barangay level
  • Enhanced local governance especially on environment protection, natural resource management and sustainable agriculture.
  • Assured support for project/ budget/ programs for upland development from the municipal LGU Annual Investment Plan.
  • Established more specific land-use database and plans from the barangay level that will substantiate the Municipal Comprehensive Land Use Plan

General Mechanisms

  • Actual delineation of barangay boundaries through GPS-based perimeter survey and preparation of the GIS-generated Barangay Base Map.
  • Conduct participatory thematic mapping exercise
  • Production of GIS-digitized barangay thematic maps (e.g. existing and proposed land use maps).
  • Approval and adoption of the land use maps through legislation from the BLGU and MLGU.
  • Integration of Barangay Land Use Plan into the Barangay Development Plan and eventually to the Municipal Comprehensive Land Use Plan, and Municipal Annual Investment Plan
  • Installation and monitoring of the Land Use Plan.
  • Implementation and monitoring of the Land Use Plan.
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