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Land Use bill in Congress anew

As the 16th Congress opened earlier this year, various versions of the national land use bill were filed in both houses of the legislature. In the Lower House, it has been filed as House Bill No. 108 by Rep. Bag-Ao and House Bill 3122 by Rep. Quimbo, among others. Counterpart Senate Bills have been filed […]

HLURB relaxes socialized housing rules

Last July 18, the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) issued Memorandum Circular No. 07-A which amends, among others particular sections of Memorandum Circular No. 06 released earlier this year. The memo sets the requirement for developers of socialized housing projects who wish to be accredited so that they can enter into joint ventures […]

The Best of Asia-Pacific Real Estate

This author had the distinct honor and privilege to be invited as a resource person to speak about “Land Ownership and Investment in the Philippines” during the first Asia-Pacific Real Estate Convention and Expo (APRECE) held from March 19-23 at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.  The twin events, organized by the Singapore-based Institute of […]

Towards Responsible, Equitable Land Use

The Philippine Constitution upholds the principle of equitable land access for all sectors and provides that “all sectors of the economy and all regions of the country shall be given optimum opportunity to develop.” Similarly, the Bill of Rights ensures that “no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of […]

Mass Housing as an Investment Priority

The Board of Investments (BOI) recently bared its proposed General Policies and Specific Guidelines to govern the 2013 Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) during a Public Hearing held last March 6. The Chamber of Real Estate & Builders’ Associations, Inc. (CREBA) commends the BOI for retaining mass housing as a priority sector in the 2013 IPP […]

On High Water Rates

The Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations, Inc. or CREBA is rallying behind a consumer advocacy group called the Water for All Refund Movement or WARM to compel government to take swift action in addressing the lingering problem of high water rates that has continued to hound millions of water consumers in the country. […]