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Sri Lanka eyes LAMP for its land tenure programme

Colombo, Sri Lanka: Officials of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka visited Philippines to study the country’s land administration and management system, including the property valuation and taxation, intending to learn from the Philippines’ successful experience under the Second Land Administration and Management Project (LAMP2) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Department of Finance (DOF).

Due to the wide-ranging objectives and achievements of the country’s land administration programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) initiated the study tour. The delegation was led by Agriculture Secretary Wijerathne Sakalasooriya, Lands and Lands Development Secretary T. Asoka Peiris, and Adriana Herrera, Land Tenure Officer of FAO.

The six-day visit to DENR, DOF, Department of Agrarian Reform, Land Registration Authority, and field sites in Cebu and Bohol enabled the Sri Lankan delegates to learn from the LAMP2 innovations in broadening land tenure security, land titling and registration, development and advocacy of land policy and regulatory framework, institutional development and capacity building, and reforms on property valuation and taxation.

“The LAMP programme is now considered as one of the best reform programmes on land administration and management in Asia, and this study tour intends to generate an exchange of learning for other countries, such as Sri Lanka, to learn from,” said Herrera.

Discussions on the DOF-implemented component focused on the gains in the property valuation and taxation reforms, such as the Philippine Valuation Standards, systems development and enhancement of mass appraisal process, the professionalisation of the assessors and appraisers under the Real Estate Service Act, the valuation education programmes developed in the University of the Philippines Open University, and pilot implementation work in selected cities.

Source: Official Gazette