The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are working together to improve efficiency in land administration and survey processes in the Cagayan Valley region.
Atty. Raul C. Laluan, DAR Assistant Regional Director for Operations, emphasized the importance of the collaborative effort after both agencies held a joint Inspection, Verification and Approval of Surveys (IVAS) for the purpose.
“By working together, we can enhance the efficiency of our processes and ensure that land survey activities are conducted meticulously. This will have a direct positive impact on our agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and contribute to the sustainable development of our nation,” he said in a statement.
Gwendolyn Bambalan, DENR Regional Executive Director expressed her appreciation for DAR’s commitment to improve the land administration system.
“The joint efforts of DAR and DENR demonstrate our shared dedication to uphold the integrity of land surveys. We are committed to ensure that the rights of individuals are protected and that land resources are managed properly,” she said.
Both agencies expressed their commitment to continued cooperation, not only in the inspection, verification, and approval of surveys but also in broader initiatives aimed at advancing land reform and sustainable land management practices.
The consultation meeting primarily aims to foster open communication and strengthen collaboration among the DAR and DENR officials and to streamline procedures and ensure the accuracy and reliability of land surveys.
The consultation also focused on the issues and challenges faced by both agencies on inspection, verification, and approval processes.
During the meeting, participants engaged in fruitful discussions, sharing of insights and experiences to identify areas for improvement in the survey process. They explored strategies to expedite the inspection and verification of surveys, while maintaining the highest standards of accuracy and integrity.
The collaboration intends to come up with clearer guidelines and streamlined procedures to benefit both agencies and the communities they serve.
The DAR, as the government agency responsible for agrarian reform and the equitable distribution of agricultural lands, recognizes the critical role of accurate surveys in implementing land reform programs effectively.
Meanwhile, the DENR as a partner agency, oversees land management and environmental conservation, is instrumental in enhancing the overall land administration system and protecting the rights of agrarian reform beneficiaries.