The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released P929 million for the continued implementation of cadastral surveys nationwide.
In a statement over the weekend, the DBM explained that cadastral surveys determine the administrative boundary of cities and municipalities, including lots in alienable and disposable lands of public domain.
It added that the survey is necessary in identifying political boundaries of local governments, and properties of private land owners.
The survey results are also the basis for land use planning, taxation and for determining the internal revenue allotment (IRA) of local governments.
The agency noted that the P929-million release was funded against the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) appropriation for land surveys under the continuing appropriations of the calendar year 2012 General Appropriations Act.
It said that the amount was previously unreleased because of failure of biddings and peace and order situations in some 34 municipalities experienced in last year’s implementation, among other factors.
Of the total amount released to DENR’s Land Management Bureau and various regional offices, P553 million has been appropriated for cadastral surveys and necessary survey equipment to Regions 2, 4A, 4B, 5, 6, 8, 11 and Metro Manila, while the remaining P376 million was released for the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao.
Furthermore, the DBM said that the release is in view of the Aquino administration’s goal of expanding economic productivity and growth in rural areas nationwide.
“In line with President [Benigno] Aquino [3rd]’s campaign for inclusive and comprehensive economic development, we’re giving the necessary budgetary support for cadastral surveys, which will help accelerate countryside development and boost the productivity of some of our more remote communities,” Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad said.
He added that by determining the proper boundaries that demarcate cities and municipalities from each other, the government can ensure the focused and strategic delivery of goods and services, depending on the unique development needs of each area.
“The completion of the land surveys will be the jump-off point for planning and designing various development programs in all regions across the country, thus facilitating the more efficient movement of government services toward our constituents. Additionally, the cadastral surveys will play a particularly important role at this point in the administration, when we’re boosting our agri-industry and infrastructure activities to create the right environment for inclusive growth,” he added.