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The Need for a National Land Use Act in the Philippines

Land use misgovernance in the Philippines arises due to the non-institutionalization of a national-level framework for land use and the lack of harmonization of sector-specific laws on land resources. But the effort to push for a National Land Use Act (NaLUA) is almost three decades old, and advocates are finding it hard to hurdle the legislative mill. This study establishes that to strengthen the push to enact a NaLUA, advocates need to employ a transdisciplinary approach and deepen, through updated data and evidence, the appreciation by policymakers and stakeholders of the arguments for having this legislation. The review of the theoretical foundations for land use analysis explains the evolution of land use analysis and the principles for land use governance. It also implies that a transdisciplinary approach is needed in advocating for a NaLUA. The assessment of data and pieces of evidence on conflicting land uses, land use misgovernance, and inadequacies of existing mechanisms for dealing with land use problems bolster the case for having a NaLUA. Insights of stakeholders during focus group discussions and key informant interviews confirm the findings from the assessment of data. Thus, the study concludes that enacting a NaLUA and ensuring it is implemented through an appropriate institutional mechanism can help resolve land use conflicts in the country. In addition, it can support greater and sustainable value addition in the economy through land use optimization.

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