Cabinet Secretary and Head of Zero Hunger Task Force Karlo Nograles renewed the government’s call for the passage of the National Land Use Act (NLUA), saying it is needed to ensure the country’s food security.

“When we talk about food production, food availability, food price stability, and helping small farmers, the land is important. When unregulated and unrestricted land conversion happens, food security is threatened,” said Nograles.

President Rodrigo Duterte has been urging Congress to pass the NLUA in his state of the nation addresses since the start of his term in 2016.

“A National Land Use law can ensure that agricultural lands are not converted, as it will allow us to identify land that will be used for agricultural purposes,” the Cabinet official explained.

Nograles underscored that just like the president, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) also reiterated that the NLUA would ensure the rational and sustainable use of the country’s land and physical resources.

He stressed that the NLUA would also harmonize sector-specific land-use policies and institutionalize land use planning.

Pending in Congress for two decades, the NLUA creates an authority that will classify land according to use: protection (for conservation), production (for agriculture and fisheries), settlements development (for residential purposes), and infrastructure development (for transportation, communication, water resources, social infrastructure).

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