The provincial government has signified support to the proposed National Land Use Act (NaLUA) pending in Congress.
“The institutionalized land use and physical planning will serve as a mechanism for identifying and evaluation of alternative land use patterns. It is also a policy of the state to encourage the landowners to conserve and develop their lands and make it productive and supportive to sustainable development,” a resolution jointly authored by Board Members Ryan Maminta, Cesario Benedito and Ferdinand Zaballa stated.
The measure provides a mechanism for the formulation, review, adoption, approval of physical framework and land use plans at the national, regional, and local levels.
It will also provide major considerations and parameters on land use planning such as identification of hazard-prone areas, recognition of ancestral domain, protection of environmentally-critical areas, prime agricultural lands, and physical character of lands and nature of land use.
It also aims to balance the usage of land resources such as those for food security, settlement developments, industry, and environmental production.
From the 10th up to 17th congress various versions of the NaLUA bill underwent deliberations but did not get its final approval.