DAR-9 supports agri land conversion PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 December 2017 16:57

The Department of Agrarian Reform regional office (DAR-9) has expressed support for the conversion and reclassification of agricultural land to residential, commercial and other purposes as long as the land is not irrigated.

“Basta hende irrigated el land, ta suporta kita.  Necessita kita areas for residential, commercial and industrial,” said Julita A. Ragandang, DAR-9 Regional Director.

Ragandang said that reclassification is in the power, mandate and authority of the local government unit pursuant to the Local Government Code.

Under the Local Government Code, reclassification however should also be in line with provisions of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.

Reclassification of agricultural land does not automatically allow a landowner to change its use.  The owner must undergo a process of conversion before he or she is allowed to use the agricultural land for other purposes.

Conversion is the act of changing the current use of agricultural land to some other use as approved by the DAR while reclassification is the act of specifying how agricultural lands shall be utilized, either for residential, industrial, commercial purposes as embodied in the land use plan, subject to the requirements and procedures for land conversion.

For conversion, a certification from the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is required, certifying that the land is not irrigated and a certification from the Department of Agriculture signed by the regional director which states that the land ceases to be economically feasible and sound for agriculture.  (RGAAGo)