Davao eyes 750,000 sqm of green spaces by 2021

Posted on May 23, 2017

DAVAO CITY is aiming to have up to 500 square meters (sqm) of public open space for every 1,000 residents by year 2021, which would total about 750,000 sqm. And the city government has a lot of work to do to achieve that with currently only about 147,600 sqm of public green areas around the city.

“Based on the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP), we still do not have enough parks and open spaces,” Interface Development Interventions, Inc. (IDIS) acting director Chinkie Peliño-Golle said.

Ms. Peliño-Golle, however, noted that there could actually be more green open spaces in the city, but these would be privately-owned such as those inside private residential subdivisions.

New York University (NYU) researchers are currently in the city to help in the plan for developing more green spaces.

“Davao is a rapidly growing city and it has a lot of potential for open public spaces,” NYU Urban Expansion Program research team head Patrick Lamson-Hall said in an interview.

Mr. Lamson and MBA students from NYU’s Stern School of Business are spearheading the research and have trained members of the Sustainable Davao Movement, city government officials and volunteers for the data gathering conducted on May 20-21.

Prior to the study, NYU Urban Expansion Program Director Dr. Shlomo Angel wrote to Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, saying: “our hope is that this study can assist you and your city in improving your existing public open spaces and in identifying areas of high need for the next generation of public open spaces in Davao City.”

Mr. Lamson said they chose Davao for the study not only because it is rapidly growing but it also has a lot of potential for implementation.

“We intend to conduct a survey on the ground, not just in terms of hectares but in terms of amenities, accessibility and uses of these parks,” Mr. Lamson said.

“Setting aside land for public open spaces is critical for human health promotion and the health of the environment,” he said. -- Carmencita A. Carillo