IFUGAO Rep. Teodoro Baguilat Jr. aims to set specific limits for forest and agricultural lands and national parks.

The bill is a result of constant communication between the congressman and the office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Cordillera Administrative Region (DENR-CAR).

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The bill aims to further protect the environment as provided in the Constitution.

A Forestland Boundary Assessment and Delineation was implemented in the Province of Ifugao in 2007, which is an extensive survey program of the whole province.

Baguilat said the bill declares areas in the province as Forestland making it inalienable. Making the areas "locked" and protecting them from alteration and free from occupants and infrastructure.

Baguilat said "The bill also makes all untitled Private Land Surveys within the forestland to be automatically cancelled or disapproved; cadastral surveys encroaching on permanent forestland are deemed cancelled with the existence of national parks and protected areas recognized and respected as well as prior rights of individuals occupying the areas as provided by law respected."

The bill consisting of over 100 pages with specific areas coordinates and maps in the province states it is the responsibility of government to maintain, protect, conserve, and develop sufficient forestlands and national parks, and promote to the highest degree possible the involvement of all sectors of society in forest conservation and protection.

The State shall likewise provide lands for agriculture, commercial, industrial, institutional, residential and other purposes for the welfare of the present and coming generations. (Ma. Elena Catajan)