MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte wants the land use conversion process streamlined to avoid delays and curb corruption, Malacañang said yesterday.
In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte was particularly dismayed that it took two years to process the land conversion due to too many requirements being imposed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the local governments.
“There are suggestions on what to do to fast-track the process because some are not processed. As the President said, many thieves, if no bribe money, it will not be processed,” he added.
Panelo also cited the alleged intimidation from the New People's Army rebels as the other cause of delay.
“The problem, according to the President, if you will go to the NPA-infested areas to examine, they (DENR staff) will be threatened: ‘Don’t go back again or else will bury you,’ so nobody will return,” Panelo said.
He said the government will impose a definite timeline for the processing of required permits to expedite the land conversion process.*PNA
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