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Biz sector eyes need
for Land Use Act

Business groups have urged and partnered with the government in pushing for the passing and implementation of the National Land Use Act, the proposed bill that seeks to "institutionalize land use and physical planning to better identify, determine and evaluate appropriate land use and allocation patterns in the country," a government press release said.

Rafael Lopa, Executive Director of the Philippine Business for Social Progress, said  there is a need for a clear Land Use Act.  the question,  that begs to be answered is this: How do we enforce properly these laws?

 In PBSP's partnership with the Campaign for Land Use Policy Now, Lopa  said NLUA will  be a key to capacitate local government units in balancing and considering the four factors governing land use planning including protection, production, settlement, and infrastructure.

The business sector said it wants to address the transition of infrastructures from being semi-permanent to permanent especially in areas devastated by typhoon "Yolanda."

He also said  CLUP must have long-term reconstruction or rehabilitation and resiliency goals which would help them "build back better" homes, schools, business establishments, airports and other infrastructures.

Anthony Marzan, convenor of CLUP Now said "Our business sector, especially those in the small and medium enterprises, need to be informed on how proper land use can create a positive impact to their businesses. As businesses are located in geo-hazard and flood-prone areas, operations of these businesses are not always secure."

 CLUP has been pushing for the passage of the NLUA. The bill has been passed on its third and final reading at the House of Representatives.

Dinagat Islands Rep. Kaka Bag-ao, chairperson of the House Special Committee on Land Use and principal author of the National Land Use and Management Act, earlier said the proposed measure will ultimately prepare  then  to respond to disasters like 'Yolanda' and other tragedies brought by climate change.*PNA



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