SENATE BILL

MAY
22
2017

SBN-1464: Prohibiting the Conversion of Irrigated and Irrigable Agricultural Lands for Non-Agricultural Uses

An Act Prohibiting the Conversion of Irrigated and Irrgable Agricultural Lands for Non-Agricultural Uses, Amending for the Purpose Section 20 of Republic Act No. 7160, Otherwise Known as the Local Government Code of 1991

  • Consistent with the policy of the State to ensure the availability, adequacy, accessibility of food supplies to every Filipino at all times and to promote food security particularly rice supply, this bill imposes a ban on agricultural land conversion on all irrigated and irrigable lands in the country.
  • This bill seeks to arrest the irresponsible and indiscriminate conversion of irrigated and irrigable agricultural lands into residential, commercial, industrial and other zones by prohibiting its conversion.
  • It also seeks to amend Section 20 of the Local Government Code by requiring additional approval from the Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and local government units before a land conversion application can be granted. Such amendment would rationalize the land conversion process and uphold the priority of the government to provide food security to our people.

 
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