PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he would levy tax on idle lands that will not be developed 10 years to 20 years from now.

Duterte made the announcement at the launching of the "Hardin ng Lunas sa Presidential Security Ground" at the Malacañang Park.

He said he would either double or triple the tax on idle lands, unless it will be lent for the public's welfare.

"I will tax idle lands heavily, if [these have] not have been developed 10 or 20 years," the President said.

"I will double your real estate, or triple, unless you are dealing to lend it to somebody, to the barangay so the people can benefit from it," he added.

The Duterte administration is committed to pursuing land reform.

Duterte reiterated to live up to his promise to push for land reform under his watch.

"In my time, I am just saving money for land reform," he said. (SunStar Philippines)