Philippines’ more than century-old cadastral survey ends in 2015
“In 2015, after 102 years, the Cadastral Survey will finally be completed. “
This is the statement of His Excellency President Benigno“Pnoy” AquinoIII during his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 28, 2014,held at the Plenary Hall of the BatasangPambansa Complex in BatasanHills, Quezon City.
The National Cadastral Programwhich happens to be under the stewardship of the Land Management Bureau (LMB) is a priority program under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The cadastral survey program of the country started in 1913 with the passage of Cadastral Act No. 2259 but due to inadequate support and funding from previous administrations,only half of the total cities and municipalities of the country have been finished.
To date,DENRboasts of an accomplishment of 62% or 1,009of the 1,634 cities and municipalities nationwide with approved cadastral survey since its resumption in 2007.
Of the 1,009surveyed cities and municipalities, 256 were completed under the Aquino administration and at least 560is on-going cadastral survey in other parts of the country.
The remaining 625 representing 38% ofunsurveyedcities and municipalities are either underOffice Verification In-Progress (OVIP); Field Work In-Progress (FWIP); and under procurement process.
The government under the Aquino administration had allotted an estimated budget of PHP 4.993 billion pesos for the conduct of the cadastral survey throughout the country with his commitment to be completed by 2015.
RECOGNITION AWARD.Land Management Bureau (LMB) OIC-Director Ralph C. Pablo and Assistant Director Emelyne V. Talabis (second and third from left) spearheaded the awarding of plaques of recognition to the Divisions and Project Management Offices of LMB who complied in the timely submission of reports and accomplishments for the first semester of CY 2014. The Land Policy and Planning Division (LPPD), headed by Gina Pascua (right), tasked to consolidate and assess the accomplishments and deliverables of each division and projects prepared the awards to give due recognition to the offices who acted immediately on the call. Mr. Rainier Balbuena (left), Chief of Staff and Head of the Management Information System (MIS) receives the plaque in behalf of MIS for placing 2nd among the Projects for the timely submission of accomplishments. The Cadastral Survey Project and PRS ‘92 placed 1st and 3rd, respectively. Among the Divisions given with awards for the ‘Timely Submission of Accomplishment Reports’ are the following: Land Management Division (LMD), 1st place; Legal Division, 2nd and the Geodetic Surveys Division 3rd place. Under the category of ‘Completeness of Reports,’ the Records and Management Division (RMD) bagged 1st place; the Offices of the Director (OD) and the Assistant Director (OAD), 2nd place ; and the Geodetic Surveys Division, 3rd place. (lmm)
LMB deputy attends UN-FAO land tenure seminar in Rome
RESPONSIBLE GOVERNANCE OF TENURE ON LANDS, FOREST, AND FISHERIES. Land Management Bureau (LMB) Assistant Director Emelyne V. Talabis (right, center photo) represents the Philippines through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and LMB to present the country’s experience and initiatives in land administration and management (LAM) reform as an example of responsible governance of tenure on lands. The presentation was conducted during the Stocktaking Event on the “Voluntary Guidelines for the Responsible Governance of Tenure on Lands, Forests, and Fisheries (VGGT) held on May 14, 2014 at the United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) Headquarters, in Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, Rome, Italy. Only three case studies on the Government side - the Philippines, Guatemala, and Sierra Leone were presented during the event. Representatives (top and bottom photos) from the civil society from various countries also shared their experiences on the VGGT. UN-FAO spearheaded the Stocktaking event. (May, 2014)
Land Management Bureau (LMB) Assistant Director Emelyne V. Talabis attended the Stocktaking Event on the “Voluntary Guidelines for the Responsible Governance of Tenure on Lands, Forests, and Fisheries (VGGT) held on May 14, 2014 at the United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) Headquarters, in Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, Rome, Italy.
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