The Technology for Property Rights Project is a project of the Foundation for Economic Freedom supported by The Asia Foundation. The project aims to further scale titling and increase the security of property rights under the Residential Free Patent Act or RA10023 through the use of new approaches and technologies. The project has the three following component activities: 1) training private sector professionals to assist public land applicants; 2) creating an online adjudication application; and 3) using unmanned aerial systems or drones to enhance phases in systematic adjudication.
The Partnership for Land Rights and Governance (PLG) is a project of the Foundation for Economic Freedom supported by Australian Embassy – The Asia Foundation Partnership in the Philippines. PLG supports the implementation of the Residential Free Patent Law or RA 10023 that allows the administrative titling of residential lands through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). FEF does this primarily by advocating for the creation of land management offices in various municipalities based on a formal partnership between DENR and the concerned LGU.
Series of Workshops to Enhance the Business and Investment Climate in Muslim Mindanao
The Workshops are run as round table “brainstorming” sessions, with the aim of coming up with a broad road map for the transitory Bangsamoro authorities to deal with the critical issues relating to the theme under consideration, and of putting on the table regulatory, policy and institutional options for dealing with them.
Copies of Workshop Documents are available here.
Copy of integrated report can be accessed here.
Strategic Roadmaps for the Development of the Bangsamoro*
The Strategic Roadmaps for the Development of the Agribusiness Industry, Halal Food Industry, and Islamic Banking and Finance in the Bangsamoro was prepared by a team of experts under a technical assistance (TA) project funded by the World Bank-managed Mindanao Trust Fund. The reports are expected to serve as a complement to the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) being formulated by the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA). Copy of the report can be accessed here.
Property Rights as a Credit Enhancement Mechanism*
Considering that Philippine banking regulations require the use of collateral to support lending, the promotion of property rights to strengthen credit enhancement mechanism is expected to increase access of title holders to formal financing. This project aims to expand the innovative partnership programs started out in 2012 by the Foundation for Economic Freedom and The Asia Foundation with support from the United States Agency for International Development, to increase land titles as a tool to improve access to credit by working with key project partners including land owners who need perfected titles as collateral, small and medium enterprises, commercial and rural banks, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and local government units.
Property Rights for Economic Progress*
A secure property rights regime has been acknowledged by political economists as a key ingredient for economic success in a country. With these in mind, the Foundation, together with The Asia Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), pursued the Property Rights for Economic Progress project. The initial program is to create awareness among Local Government Units (LGU) on the existing Residential Free Patent Act (RA 10023), that allows for administrative issuance or grant of residential titles (previously can only be done through judicial action).
By having an LGU led initiative for titling, with active support of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), it is envisioned that the remaining eight million untitled lands in the country will be titled, and thus enter the formal market economy. Doing so will unleash what economist Hernando de Soto calls “dead capital” by enabling the previously untitled property subject to real property taxation, utilized as collateral for loans and sold/purchased within the ambit of the law’s protection.
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