rules set on issuance of clearances, permits over calt-covered lots
BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week issued the guidelines in the issuance of locational clearances and building permits over areas covered by Certificate of Ancestral Land Titles (CALTs) in the city.
In his Administrative Order No. 52 series of 2014, the mayor mandated that such clearance and permit will only be issued upon determination and verification of the following:
*The CALT of the applicant does not include or overlap forest reservations, watershed reservations or other government reservations;
*The CAL does not include lands identified for city land needs;
*The CALT does not overlap with private lands covered by existing certificates of titles;
*The CALT is not involved in any pending case before the court or any tribunals; and
*The intended use of the buildings sought to be erected on the land covered by CALT do not contravene any restrictions imposed by the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA).
The mayor said the guidelines are needed to resolve the “impasse in the application and issuance (of such clearance and permit) in the city over the indigenous lands brought about by the conflicting interpretation of section 78 of the IPRA law.”
“Despite the enactment by the City Council of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, there is a need to create additional guidelines to be imposed in the issuance of locational clearance as well as building permits for all structures to be built on indigenous lands,” the mayor noted.
“Moreover, the city of Baguio should assess the intended use of buildings within land covered by CALTs whether the same are in consonance to the policies established by the IPRA.” – A Refuerzo