USAID to stage sustainable land use conference

Posted on February 07, 2017

OVER 250 participants are expected at the two-day Sustainable Land Governance Conference on Feb. 8-9, at the Diamond Hotel in Manila, organized by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Supported by several national government agencies, the two-day conference will hold multi-disciplinary discussions on practical solutions to challenges in land governance and promote efficient and sustainable approaches to urban land administration and reform.

Areas of concern include untitled property, mapping and registration of ancestral domain, land ownership by women, land registration disincentives, complex urban housing processes, inefficiency in generating revenue by local governments, and poor planning and implementation of land use.

“More importantly, it will bring together leaders from the national and local government, business, civil society and other sectors to commit to a multi-sectoral coalition, which is envisioned to pursue a common agenda in improving sustainable land governance both at the national and local levels,” USAID in a statement.

Keynote messages will be delivered by US Ambassador Sung Y. Kim and Secretary of Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III.

The coalition will call for the adoption of a sustainable land governance to address the country’s land sector development concerns.

“It calls specific government land programs to fast-track the adoption of policy reforms,” said Rojessa Tiamson-Saceda, senior communication specialist of Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project.

There will be 60 international and local leaders and urban development experts, as well as 200 delegates from national and local governments, businesses, multi-laterals, civil society and members of the academe.

USAID’s co-organizers are the United Nations Human Settlements Programme and the World Bank.

SURGE is a five-year $47.8 million project, which fosters the development of conditions for broad-based, inclusive and resilient economic growth for a critical mass of cities and surrounding areas outside Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao.

SURGE assists cities and adjacent areas such as Batangas City, Cagayan de Oro City, Iloilo City, Puerto Princesa City, Tagbilaran City and Zamboanga City.

SURGE is the flagship project of USAID’s Cities Development Initiative, one of the components of the Partnership for Growth. -- Danica M. Uy