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New Land Conversion Rules to Boost Economic Recovery

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently announced major changes in its land conversion policies and rules in order to facilitate economic recovery in the wake of the COVID pandemic. DAR Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Luis M. Pangulayan outlined the changes during a webinar sponsored by CREBA on 25 November 2021. The changes are embodied …

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Land Conversion Moratorium: Untimely

Many investors and businessmen, not only in the real estate and housing development sector, are confused, stuck in a push and pull decision about their projects amidst the looming 2-year moratorium that the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) seems bent to impose against the conversion of agricultural lands for human settlements and other non-agri uses. …

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NO to proposed moratorium on land conversion

CREBA supports the position of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) rejecting the impending imposition of a 2-year moratorium on conversion of agricultural lands for human settlements and other non-agricultural uses.  NEDA and HUDCC have said that a “blanket” moratorium is detrimental to the economy …

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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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