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August 05, 2015, Wednesday
  • Marquez says the problem of lack of police visibility in the streets will be solved ‘slowly but surely.’ 3 hours ago |
  • 20 arrested in Tala, Caloocan City under PNP’s ‘Oplan Lambat-Sibat’ anti-crime campaign. 3 hours ago |
  • 2 cargo vessels from Australia arrive in PH for use of the Philippine Navy. 3 hours ago |
  • Floodwaters reach 5 barangays in Bukidnon. 3 hours ago |
  • 9 children missing as a flashflood hits a river in Bukidnon. 3 hours ago |
  • Visayas, Mindanao & extreme Northern Luzon expected to bear the brunt of southwest monsoon enhanced by Typhoon Hanna. 3 hours ago |
  • OCD raises blue alert for rescue teams in Northern Mindanao with the entry of Typhoon Hanna. 3 hours ago |
  • Flood-prone Bgy. Tumana in Marikina braces for effects of southwest monsoon and Typhoon Hanna. 3 hours ago |
  • Losing senatorial bet Rizalito David could not afford the P50K filing fee needed to submit a petition vs. Sen. Poe. 3 hours ago |
  • Losing 2013 senatorial bet Rizalito David fails to question Sen. Poe’s citizenship at SET due to lack of funds. 3 hours ago |
  • Malacanang sees nothing wrong with Pres. Aquino's unscheduled arrival in Tuesday's LP event in San Juan. 6 hours ago |
  • Central Mindanao and Davao region experience continuous heavy rains. 6 hours ago |
  • Floods submerge 12 towns in Maguindanao. 6 hours ago |
  • Cotabato City suspends classes in elementary schools & high schools for the second day due to bad weather. 6 hours ago |
  • 6 landslides hit Kidapawan, North Cotabato. 6 hours ago |
  • Typhoon with int'l name 'Soudelor' has entered PAR and is now called 'Hanna.' 6 hours ago |
  • Large areas in Caloocan & other parts of Metro Manila & Cavite to experience water interruptions from Aug. 10 to 13. 6 hours ago |
  • LRTA refutes speculations of a train fare increase. 6 hours ago |
  • Sen. Trillanes cites security risk as primary reason why his witnesses in bribery charge vs. 2 CA justices won’t be able to testify. 22 hours ago |
  • Sen. Trillanes says his witnesses in bribery charge vs. CA justices won’t be able to appear before the CA hearing. 22 hours ago |
  • Sen. Trillanes says he will appear before CA hearing on Aug. 14 to explain his bribery charge vs. 2 CA justices. 22 hours ago |
  • Trillanes ordered to appear at CA hearing on Aug. 14 at 2 pm & explain why he shouldn’t be cited for contempt for bribery allegations. 22 hours ago |
  • CA tells Sen. Trillanes to explain his allegation that 2 CA justices got P 25M each in bribes to stop Makati Mayor Binay’s suspension. 22 hours ago |
  • DMCI tells Supreme Court that Torre de Manila is outside the boundary of Rizal Park. 22 hours ago |
  • DMCI tells Supreme Court that it followed all ordinances, rules & guidelines in building Torre de Manila. 23 hours ago |
  • Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim says the poll body can adjust its calendar of activities & extend campaign period when there is election. 23 hours ago |
  • LTFRB sues 2 fixers who had long been loitering in the agency’s vicinity & offering fake franchise to applicants. 23 hours ago |
  • Sen. Chiz Escudero says Comelec should castigate candidates abusing election rules instead of extending the campaign period. 23 hours ago |
  • Sen. Jinggoy Estrada has been experiencing light-headedness and acid reflux. 23 hours ago |
  • Sen. Jinggoy Estrada will undergo medical check up at Cardinal Santos Medical Center from 6 pm Tuesday until Thursday. 23 hours ago |
  • Sandiganbayan grants Sen. Jinggoy Estrada’s request for a medical check up at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City. 23 hours ago |
  • PAGASA says frequent heavy rains in the afternoon in Metro Manila are just due to thunderstorms. 23 hours ago |
  • PAGASA says there is no weather disturbance currently affecting Metro Manila. 23 hours ago |
  • Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ is forecast to move west northwest at 20 kph. 23 hours ago |
  • Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ was located 1,770 kilometers east of Luzon at 2 pm on Tuesday. 23 hours ago |
  • Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ outside PAR has gustiness of up to 245 kph. 23 hours ago |
  • Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ outside PAR carries maximum sustained winds of up to 215 kph near the center. 23 hours ago |
  • Signal Number 3 may be raised over Cagayan when Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ enters PAR on Wednesday morning. 23 hours ago |
  • Batanes may experience Signal Number 4 when Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ (with local name ‘Hanna’) enters PAR on Wednesday morning. 23 hours ago |
  • Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos & Camsur Rep. Leni Robredo attend Liberal Party meeting in San Juan today with Mar Roxas. 23 hours ago |
  • Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos & Camsur Rep. Leni Robredo say no one has asked them to run as Roxas’ vice pres’l bet. 23 hours ago |
  • Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos says she may run for Congress but she has not made up her mind. 23 hours ago |
  • Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos says she is not eyeing the vice presidency. 23 hours ago |
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Developers oppose land use bill

By MST News | Feb. 12, 2013 at 01:48am


A group of real estate brokers, subdivision and socialized housing developers called on the Senate to stop the passage of the proposed National Land Use Act outlining new policies on land use and development.

The Advocates for Responsible and Equitable Land Use Planning, led by the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations Inc., Subdivision and Housing Developers Association Inc., Organization of Socialized Housing Developers of the Philippines Inc. and the National Real Estate Association Inc. said the enactment of the NLUA will negatively impact the real estate and housing industry and other critical areas of economic growth and development.

“This bill has been drafted hurriedly without the benefit of public hearings and the required consultations with all concerned stakeholders and as such will bring all development to a standstill,” CREBA national president Charlie Gorayeb said.

“This will dampen the growth of the BPO industry and negate gains in tourism, agribusiness and other enterprise that contribute to national growth,” Gorayeb added.

The proposal, contained in House Bill 6545, was approved by the lower house late last year and its counterpart in the Upper Chamber, Senate Bill 3091, was also likely to pass without a hitch before Congress goes in recess for the mid-term elections, Gorayeb added.

Much of the group’s concern is centered on provisions in the NLUA which bans the conversion of agricultural lands and defines them as “protected areas under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Department of Agrarian Reform.”
Oriental Mindoro Rep. Rodolfo Valencia, chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Committee, said the powers and the participation of local government units in the planning and management of land within their territorial jurisdiction are also significantly reduced under the proposed NLUA.

“All previous policies and laws will be rendered inutile by the NLUA and government departments and units whose functions and programs are related to land use will become impotent,” Valencia said.

“However, we are most concerned in the area of socialized housing because the NLUA leaves nothing for settlements, infrastructure and other non-agricultural projects which are essential to national development,” Valencia added.

Lawyer Ryan Tan, OSHDP president, said government’s socialized housing program will grind to a halt along with other development. “We are not against the allocation of land for agriculture, for food security. We just want a land use policy that provides equal consideration and protection to all sectors of society whose interests are directly affected by it,” Tan said.
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