DBM releases P929-M for land surveys
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released P929-M to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources's (DENR) Land Management Bureau and various regional offices for the implementation of cadastral surveys nationwide.
Cadastral surveys are used to determine the administrative and political boundaries of cities and municipalities. Included in these are alienable and disposable lands in public domain and properties of private land owners.
Survey results are the basis for land use planning, taxation and determining the Internal Revenue Allotments of local government units.
DBM Secretary Florencio Abad said the surveys would help determine the development needs of different areas.
"We’re giving the necessary budgetary support for cadastral surveys, which will help accelerate countryside development and boost the productivity of our more remote communities," Abad said.
He added, "by determining the proper boundaries that demarcate cities and municipalities from each other, the government can ensure the focused and strategic delivery of goods and services, depending on the unique development needs of each area."
The P929-M release was taken out of DENR's appropriation for land surveys still under the 2012 General Appropriations Act.
The amount was previously withheld due in part to peace and order concerns in at least 34 municipalities.
Some P553 million was appropriated for cadastral surveys and survey equipment in regions II, IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VIII, XI and the National Capital Region.The remaining P376 million was released for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Abad said the completion of the land surveys would be the starting point for planning and designing various development programs around the country that would result into more efficient flow of government services.
"The cadastral surveys will play a particularly important role at this point in the administration, when we’re boosting our agri-industry and infrastructure activities to create the right environment for inclusive growth,” Abad added.
Abad maintained that this effort is part of the Aquino administration’s goal of expanding economic productivity and growth in rural areas nationwide. – Rappler.com
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