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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 13, 2012


DENR gears for cadastral survey of select towns in CV

by Hazel Gloria

CEBU CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR7) prepares for this year's cadastral survey of select towns in Central Visayas covering 73,661 hectares and costing P163.090 million.

This developed after Secretary Ramon Paje and President Benigno S. Aquino, III gave DENR marching orders to hasten and complete the cadastral survey of the country in support to the government’s land titling, land use planning, taxation and internal revenue allotment (IRA) program for the various municipalities nationwide.

DENR-7 regional executive director Maximo Dichoso explained that Secretary Paje indicated the P3.2-billion budget increase in the land sector is in line with the DENR’s push to fulfill the president’s social contract with the Filipino people to institute reforms as a result of good governance.

Dichoso stressed that reforms in the country’s land services is a must, as it will improve the productivity of idle lands in the country and will therefore boost economic prosperity.

Cadastral survey covers extensive areas such as an entire municipality or city consisting of several or many parcels of land undertaken for the purpose of land registration.

For 2012, the DENR-7 aims to cover 73,661 hectares with a total budget of P163,090,115.76 to certain municipalities in Central Visayas.

Negros Oriental will cover the municipalities of Manjuyod, Pamplona, Dauin, and Zamboanguita, with the biggest target of 37,456 hectares or 50.85 percent and a budget of 87.998 million.

Cebu with 25,710 hectares or 34.90 percent coverage with a budget of P49.879 million, covering the municipalities of Minglanilla, Argao, Tuburan, and Tabuelan.

Bohol has 5,158 hectares or seven percent coverage with a budget of P24.581 million to cover the municipalities of Tubigon, President Carlos Garcia, and Danao.

Siquijor has 5,337 hectares or 7.25 percent coverage with a budget of P630,000 covering the municipality of Maria.

“The cadastral survey program is seriously pursued as it is instrumental in efficient patent distribution and accelerating countryside development,” Dichoso explained.

It may be recalled that Secretary Paje issued DENR Administrative Order No. 2011-05 directing the Land Management Bureau to conduct an inventory and establish a database of abandoned cadastral survey projects.

A cadastral survey project is said to be abandoned when field activities are left unfinished after the period stipulated in the contract, when the contractor fails to correct survey defects within a prescribed period, or when the contractor fails to return survey project records and other violations of the contract.

In the order, Paje has given the regional executive director (RED) the power to cancel abandoned survey projects, and to determine and impose the appropriate sanctions against erring geodetic engineers or survey contractors. (mbcn/hfg/PIA-7 & DENR-7)

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