DILG R6 OIC-RD Ariel O. Iglesia emphasized the importance of preparing the Ecological Profile as a primary input in the LGUs' Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) during the Opening Program of the Training-Workshop on the Ecological Profile conducted by the Office of Continuing Education and Pahinungod of the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) in partnership with DILG Region 6, held on April 24-26, 2019 at District 21 Hotel, Iloilo City.
The three-day activity was participated by the planning teams coming from the first batch of target LGUs from the Cities of Kabankalan and Talisay, and the Municipalities of Calatrava and Candoni, all from the Province of Negros Occidental. 
"This is just one of the series of workshops that you will be undergoing. We need your commitment in the preparation and completion of your CDPs", said RD Iglesia.
The Ecological Profiling is an integral part in the planning process because it will help the LGUs determine their current level of services and available resources.
This activity is under the SUC–Assisted Approach in Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) Formulation Project of DILG in partnership with UPV which started in 2018. The said project aims to help LGUs that have not yet formulated their CDPs and Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs); LGUs revising or updating their CDPs; and LGUs without CDPs but with updated CLUP and/or for SP review.
In 2017, Region 6 has been recorded as the region with the second lowest number of approved CDPs.
The project introduced and academe-assisted approach in the generation and management of data to be used in CDP Formulation. A series of workshops were conducted to enhance plans through critiquing, mentoring and coaching. The whole process of formulating the CDP will be documented to identify best practices, challenges, and lessons learned.
Through this project, the members of the planning teams and policymakers are guided to formulate better plans in line with the LGUs needs.