MAFAR-MENRE conducts joint survey status review, catch-up planning

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) has conducted a joint survey status review with the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Energy (MENRE) to fast-track the approval of the land survey on July 28-31.

Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer for Land Acquisition and Distribution Division Jarratul S. Radjid, MPA, spearheaded the activity at Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City.

It aims to assess the regionwide status of survey activities concerning new lands, the collective Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA), and several Inspections, Verification, and Approval of Surveys (IVAS).

Chief of Survey and Mapping Section Engr. Basir M. Anok, in his opening remarks, shares the overview of the activity and the milestone of the land process. “Land survey is the basic foundation of the land process,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bangsamoro Director General for Agrarian Reform Services Taugan S. Kikay, Ph.D., emphasized the importance of the role of Agrarian Reform in solving land issues on the ground.

“The primary purpose of Agrarian Reform is to solve the conflict of land and make illegal into legal,” said BDG Kikay.

The activity highlighted the status of Survey Funded 2020 (National and BAA) and GAAB 2021, the Status of forwarded Survey Returns to MENRE, the presentation of Issues and Concerns Encountered in the Field, and a workshop on the establishment of IVAS-BARMM parameter cost.

Moreover, Director II for Agrarian Reform Services, Dr. Tong D. Pinguiaman, Provincial Director of Tawi-Tawi AIDARUS I. NAMI, ED.D., Engr. Allan C. Divina of A.C. Divina Surveying Office, MENRE-Land Management Services team, headed by Engr. Salipada Quitar and MAFAR Agrarian Reform officers and staff from regional and provincial offices were present during the activity.