While Philippine population steadily increases, land has become a scare resource. This has resulted to irrational and unregulated use of land which, in turn, has taken its toll on the lives and properties of people for the past 20 years.
There are land use planning practices on Local Government Units (LGUs); but they are often outdated and not comprehensive, thus unable to encompass its whole territory. Similarly, zoning ordinances are hardly implemented. Development plans at the local and national level often precede the physical framework plan, resulting to irrational Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs).
There are existing laws on land such as the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA), the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS), the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL), the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA), the Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA), the Fiheries Code, the Local Government Code (LGC); however, they are sectoral in approach and cannot resolve conflicting sectoral demands for land. They also have provisions that are conflicting with other laws.
Therefore, we need a holistic policy on land use that will address the issue of land scarcity, will reconcile those conflicting laws, and will contend with the devastating effects of poor land use planning and implementation.
We realize the importance of passage of this law. We are in support of the Campaign for Land Use policy Now! (CLUP Now!) which promotes the passage of the National Land Use Act (NLUA). NLUA is the proposed bill will institutionalize land use and physical planning to better identify, determine and evaluate appropriate land use and allocation patterns in the country. It will provide guidlines on land use planning without harming public interest and general welfare while promoting the common good.