1JHCSC Officials headed by Pres. Mary Jocelyn V. Battung underwent 3-Day Seminar-Workshop on Comprehensive Land Use Development Planning on February 19-20, 2020 held at Three E Guest House, Pagadian City.

The training-workshop was spearheaded by the college’s Planning Office led by Mr. Cleofe A. Baterna Jr. The invited resource speakers who facilitated the training were Mr. Rey O. Niog,EnP and Mr. Harvey A. Villegas, EnP from the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Region 10.

The training is in response to the passage of Republic Act (RA) Number 11396 or “An Act Requiring State Universities And Colleges (SUCs) To Prepare And Implement A Land Use Development And Infrastructure Plan That Shall Include The Construction Of Dormitories for Students And Housing Sites For Employees” which was signed into law by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on August 22, 2019.

According to Pres. Battung, the newly signed SUCs Land Use Development and Infrastructure Plan (LUDIP) Act prioritizes students’ services and promote student mobility.

Section 3 of the LUDIP Act states that “”All SUCs, through their governing boards, shall be required to prepare and implement a LUDIP designed to improve and optimally utilize their resources. All land use or infrastructure projects of the SUCs shall also be required to follow the LUDIP, which shall be linked with the land use plan and practice of the local government units to ensure complementation of activities across geographical boundaries.”

This answers the need to prioritize student services in the infrastructure program of SUCs and called for a system to ensure compliance with this proposal.

Since 2016, CHED is urging SUCs to invest in student services, specifically in dormitories, libraries, student centers and similar infrastructure. The Commission has also required all SUCs to submit an inventory of their assets, including land use plans and physical framework plans so that capacity building programs can be initiated to assist SUCs.

SUCs are now required to submit their LUDIP within two years. It is also a legal requirement for the approval of infrastructure projects implemented in any SUC unless the LUDIP has been implemented and submitted to the CHED.