MANILA, Philippines – LIKE IN any massive industry or sector, a detailed roadmap of goals and milestones are important to be on track on meeting the end-targets after a period of time. This will ensure that all facets of that industry and sector will be in sync towards the ultimate target for the totality after the deadline lapses.
The Philippine Land Sector Development Framework 2030 is that roadmap for reforms in the country’s land sector. Drafted in 2010 by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through its Philippine Land Administration and Management Project II, the document is “an attempt to effectively harness efforts and engender a common policy for land administration and management in the Philippines.”
The framework then was submitted to the Aquino administration for consideration, given that they formulated their economic roadmap — the “Daang Matuwid Philippine Development Plan 2010-2016.”
Seven years forward and a change of executive administration, advocacy groups and concerned government organizations came together to update the framework to line up with new issues, policies, frameworks, and social realities.
Because just like in any plan, it needs updating and fine-tuning as you roll it out.
With this, the Land Management Bureau of DENR, Bureau of Local Government Finance of the Department of Finance, and Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development collaborated to draft up updates for the Land Sector Development Framework.
The collaborating groups released a seven-point recommendation and insights list for the updating of the framework:
- Linkage of LSDF 2030 with broader national physical (like the National Physical Framework Plan and National Spatial Strategy) and long-term development visions (like Ambisyon Natin 2040, for example);
- Responding to future demands and projected conditions for land resources and uses of the country (like changes in population, urban population, informal settlements, backlog in housing, median age of Philippine population, poverty, and age of farmers);
- Assessment and evaluation of the physical, vulnerability, and biological status of land resources/assets (fertility, best use, viability);
- Prioritization of strategic land resource allocation and uses;
- Quantification of land allocation requirements and priorities, and designation as ‘land reserves’;
- Resolution of basic land sector issues to address current, recurrent and future land administration and management problems; and
- Need to link the LSDF with other national sectoral/development and implementation plans.
In all, the recommendations and insights point towards updating the framework to be synchronized with other plans and frameworks because at the end of the day, the reforms in the land sector does not exist in a vacuum and needs to be in line with other roadmaps for other sectors and industries.
Also, the recommendations also stirs towards grounding the framework to a more current facts-based social realities, as some relevant situations improved, some worsened, and some got more complicated.
Finally, while updating the framework is a priority, the groups also cited some efforts and results under LSDF:
- Completion of the cadastral surveys in 2015;
- Simplification of policies on issuance of special patents for school sites and land conflict resolution through alternative dispute resolution processes;
- Computerization of land titles and maps and public access to cadastral maps;
- Proposed 5-10-year national land titling programme; and,
- Completion of land records digitization in the next two to three years, among others.
Note: This story under the #AgriFYI series was made with content support from the Technical Cooperation Project on Mainstreaming the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (TCP-VGGT) of the ANGOC with DENR and DOF with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)-UN.