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National Land Use Bill: Yes, but with Caveats

In this second part of a series of articles citing at least four major proposed bills on housing, we will train our attention to another important measure that will have a far-reaching effect on many aspects of the national economy: the National Land Use bill pending in both legislative chambers.  The Senate left off last …

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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 …

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Towards Equitable & Sustainable Land Use Interventions

“Land is indispensable to any and all human activity; and how a nation uses its lands, to a large extent determines its fate – whether its people will remain as tillers of the soil or homeless nomads, or prosper along with the better part of the human race.” Ever since the Department of Agrarian Reform …

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CREBA vs. DAR

Perhaps no other governmental act has been as detrimental to housing and other non-agricultural activities as the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). So much so that the rancor attending the ensuing long-standing battle for land access was unprecedented in the history of CREBA. In 1987, then President Corazon Aquino promulgated three major issuances that led …

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