Last April 5, the Junior Philippine Geographical Society, in cooperation with the UP Children’s Rights Advocates League (UP CRAdLe) and UP Enkindle, organized a symposium on the proposed National Land Use Act (NLUA) in the Philippines that was held in the University of the Philippines, Diliman Campus. It provided an introduction about the NLUA, discussing the Bill’s historical context, provisions, and practical implications upon various sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, urban settlers and indigenous people.
On broad strokes, the Senate Bill No. 34 or the NLUA, which is primarily proposed by Senator Loren Legarda, seeks to establish an integral national land use policy that formulates, classifies, implements and monitors the land use in the country. As such, it seeks to integrate and to harmonize existing old laws on land use. As one of the speakers mentioned, Mr. Ivan Nestor Bancoro, there are current laws that are already outdated and have not been revised for about ten or more years. For Ms. Gemma Martin of the John J. Caroll Institute on Church and Social Issues, NLUA is relevant because it will supersede and harmonize previous laws that were enacted in a fragmented basis.
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Published originally on 5 April 2018 at Spaces and People
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Photo from the organizers