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FEF participates in the Sustainable Land Governance Conference in Manila

The Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) actively participated in the two-day Conference on Sustainable Land Governance organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) last February 8 and 9 in Pasay City.

The two-day event facilitated discussions on various topics to promote the sharing of good practices and sustainable approaches to the challenges in land governance in the Philippines. Topics covered include land administration and management, land sector reforms, policy frameworks, land records and information, resilient land management, and land dispute resolutions.

Mr. Calixto Chikiamco, president of FEF, shared the organization’s experience in advocating for land sector policy reforms in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and various local government units and private sector organizations. He also presented the resulting effect of these successful policy reforms. According to him, simple policy reforms can create a big impact.

FEF President Calixto Chikiamco giving a talk on the importance of land sector reforms

FEF consultant on land and credit, Mr.Rene Sanapo, was  also one of the speakers. He shared his experiences in implementing public land titling at the local government level. He said that partnerships between DENR and LGUs enable land administration and management reforms. In his presentation, he highlighted five strategic innovations brought about by the partnership.

From left to right: Atty. George Katigbak (moderator), panelists: Rene Sanapo, Mayor Noel Rosal, Ian Lloyd


Present during the event were 60 international and local leaders, and urban development experts, and over 250 delegates from national and local governments, business, multilaterals, civil societies, and academe.

The conference is under the Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) project – a flagship project of USAID’s Cities Development Initiative.  The SURGE Project promotes the development of areas such as Batangas City, Cagayan de Oro City, Iloilo City, Puerto Princesa City, Tagbilaran City and Zamboanga City, to achieve inclusive economic growth.