PROJECT COMPLETION REPORT

CADASTRAL SURVEY PROGRAM

I. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The Cadastral Survey Program of the country is the systematic survey of the whole municipality (or an extensive portion) for the purpose of identifying and delineating the individual claims of all land owners and claimants which will serve as basis for the issuance of title or patents. It also includes the delineation of the boundaries of various political units (barangay, municipality, and city) as well as the boundaries between the forest area and the alienable and disposable land.

The Benefits of the Cadastral Survey are:

1. Provide a comprehensive and accurate data on land resources of the country;

2. Facilitate land disposition and accelerate the settlement of claims and adjudication of land cases and conflicts;

3. Delineate the boundaries of all political subdivisions of the country as basis of an accurate Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA);

4. Provide economic data for land-based development studies of the country;

5. Provide map-based data for zoning and land use programming.

The Program is directly implemented by the DENR through the Land Management Sector (LMS) and the LMB through the National Cadastral Coordinating Office (NCPCO) under the Office of the LMB Director. The NCPCO monitors the physical and financial accomplishments of the Projects. The LMS is responsible for the procurement, contract enforcement, Inspection, Verification and Approval of Surveys, and all other activities. The cadastral funds are directly downloaded to the Regions.

II. BACKGROUND:

It is a century old program which started sometime in 1913 with the passage of Cadastral Act 2259 on February 11, 1913. The first cadastral survey project of the country was in Pilar, Bataan, known as the Pilar Cadastre. However, the Program was not given adequate support and funding through the years. Hence, from 1913 up to 2009 out of the 1,634 cities/municipalities, only forty-six percent (46%) or 753 cities/municipalities have been cadastrally surveyed.

The Cadastral Survey Program was fast tracked during the term of President Benigno S. Aquino III with the funds provided starting 2010. A total budget of PhP 5,701,250,964 Billion was allocated by President Aquino, from 2010 to 2015, the biggest budget in the span of 100 years.

The remaining fifty-four percent (54%) or 881 cities/municipalities (763-non ARMM and 118 ARMM) were programmed to be completed during the President’s term. The 763 non ARMM cities/municipalities were targeted to be completed up to end of May 2015, and upon consultation with the key Officials of ARMM, the 118 cities and municipalities were likewise targeted for completion within the same year. Please refer to the pie chart below:

cadastral chart

REGIONAL BREAKDOWN OF CADASTRAL SURVEY FROM 1913-2009 (BEFORE AND DURING PINOY’S ADMINISTRATION)

Region

  1. of cities/muns

1913-2009

2010-2015

CAR

77

52

25

NCR

17

-

17

I

125

73

52

II

93

41

52

III

130

72

58

IV-A

142

99

43

IV-B

73

38

35

V

114

51

63

VI

133

84

49

VII

132

64

68

VIII

143

80

63

IX

72

9

63

X

93

47

46

XI

49

4

45

XII

50

17

33

XIII

73

22

51

ARMM

118

-

118

TOTAL

1,634

753

881

III. OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM:

1. To complete the Cadastral Survey of the country at the end of May 2015 (consisting of 763 cities/municipalities) except the 118 municipalities/cities from ARMM which are to be completed within the year;

2. To delineate the boundaries of all political subdivisions of the country as basis for accurate Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) and all parcels for land disposition purposes;

3. To determine the indicative land area of Philippines by consolidating all the approved political boundary maps.

IV. CADASTRAL BUDGET:

A total budget of PhP 5,701,250,964.00 billion was allocated from 2010 to 2015, the biggest budget in the span of 100 years. The amount was distributed to the different Regions depending on the proposed number of projects for the year and the category. The following are the comparative cadastral survey budget (2010-2015):

YEAR FUNDED

ALLOTMENT

(PhP)

REMARKS

2010

338,258,000

2011

360,122,000

Funded by the World Bank

2012

3,567,716,000

2,638,654,000 (released in 2012)

929,062,000 ( released in 2013)

2013

27,544,000

Hiring of 54 Geodetic Engineers and 18 Mathematician Aide

2014

837,181,964

Last tranche of funds for the remaining projects in non ARMM Regions

2015

570,429,000

For Phase II in ARMM consisting of 58 muns.

GRAND TOTAL

5,701,250,964


The cost of the projects are estimated based on the following ball park figures:

Category “A” - PhP 3,003.00/has

Category “B” - PhP 326.00/has

Category “C” - PhP 2,676.00/has

Twenty percent (20%) was allocated in every project for the Project Monitoring and Supervision, (PMS) and the Inspection, Verification and Approval of Survey (IVAS). The amount was distributed to the different PENROs and CENROs on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of projects under their respective jurisdictions.

V. PROJECT SCHEDULE:

The fast-tracking of the 881 projects started in CY 2011. The projects were planned to be executed from 2011 to 2015. Category “A” projects has a duration of two years, while Category “B” and “C” projects have a duration of one (1) year.

The completion of the program was originally planned to be completed during the Administration of President Benigno Aquino III at the end of July 2016. However, with the inclusion of the Program during the 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the President, the target date at the end of December 2015 was earlier moved to May 2015 in anticipation of the last SONA of the President on July 27, 2015.

VI. CADASTRAL SURVEY PROCESSES:

The cadastral survey project follows the methodology prescribed under the Manual of Land Surveys (DENR Memorandum Circular No. 2010-13).

The Main activities in a Cadastral Survey Project are:

1. Project Control Survey – Refers to the establishment and survey of the main and subsidiary controls in a Cadastral Survey. The controls established under the project control survey served as the main reference controls where all survey in the cadastre, such as Political Boundary Survey and Lot Survey are referred to;

2. Political Boundary Survey – Refers to the establishment and survey of the extent of Political Boundaries (City, Municipality and Barangay) within a cadastral project;

3. Cadastral Lot Survey – Survey and establishment of boundary of individual lots within a cadastral survey for adjudication and registration purposes.

DENR DAO No. 2008-14 provides three (3) categories of cadastral survey projects. These are:

a. Category “A” – refers to the complete Cadastre. This includes the establishment of control, political boundary, and lot survey with a project duration of 2 years.

b. Category “B” – This includes the establishment of control and political boundary with a project duration of 1 year.

c. Category “C” – This includes the establishment of lot survey with a project duration of 1 year.

VII. PROJECT COMPLETION

The DENR has completed the cadastral survey of 1,634 cities and municipalities nationwide. This includes the 118 cities and municipalities of the ARMM and the 1,516 non ARMM cities and municipalities.

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