Keeping up with LAMS 4.5

Keeping up with LAMS 4.5


“This (system) is the solution to the slow processing of land survey as well as to address corruption concerning the processing of land surveys” stated RD Ralph Pablo during the training-workshop on E-survey Plan and on Land Administration Management System (LAMS) Philippines Inspection, Verification and Approval of Surveys (LAMS IVAS) on October 4-7.

Private engineers, concerned personnel from Department of Agrarian Reform and DENR of regions 1, 2, 3, and CAR came together in Baguio City to be trained on how to operate on the upgraded LAMS Philippines, LAMS 4.5, specifically on the E-survey plan and LAMS IVAS which are helpful in attaining the 5-day processing of (simple) public land applications.

E-survey plan. A computer program for use mainly by DENR accredited Geodetic Engineers (GE) where they can digitally prepare their data, generating it as “Digital Land Survey Data” (DLSD) and submitting it through internet or any external storage device at the LAMS kiosk. Thus, eliminating tedious processes such as encoding of these details in the DENR office and for paperless transaction.

LAMS IVAS. A feature in LAMS for the inspection, verification and approval of survey plans. People handling this would be able to check immediately if the coordinates are correct, or if there are overlaps.

A team of engineers and programmers lead by Dir. Emelyne Talabis of Land Management Bureau (LMB) gave a series of lectures and step-by-step hands-on training to the participants.

Engr. Warlito Quirimit, head of LAMS Network Communications Division, and Management and Information System, explained the objectives and gave an overview of the E-survey plan and LAMS IVAS. Engr. Lensy Bunuen, Engineer III of LMB Geodetic Surveys Division, presented on the IVAS policy as per manual mainly for GEs. Donald Mendizabal and Maritoni Jane Cawaling introduced the new features of the system and guided the participants through actual hands-on of the E-survey plan and upgraded LAMS IVAS respectively.

Some of the new features of the system are on the connectivity/ database update mode of land applications, client update through Short Messaging System, online LAMS monitoring, Digital Cadastral Database (DCDB) validation tool, PRS ’92 integration, First In First Out (FIFO) notification system, application of digital signature, and pre-validation tool and data download function in E-survey plan.

Promoting transparency to clients, a system-generated text message will be received two to three times by the client regarding the status of their application from 1) when it was received by DENR, 2) if application is pending, up to 3) when document has been approved. This feature will lessen the burden of the client to personally follow-up on their document. Client may also monitor their application through the LMB website.

Through DCDB, overlapping or missing cadastral land surveys can be discovered, and help prevent double issuance of titles.

This system also upholds the rules of R.A. 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act through the FIFO notification system. It prevents the occurrence of graft and corruption through the strict processing of applications of clients through the “first come, first serve” method that cannot be altered by system operators.

Digital signatures are also implemented pursuing paperless transaction.

GEs may be able to check the coordinates and other details of their survey even before submitting it to DENR through the use of e-survey plan.

Issues and concerns were also raised and addressed during the training which could help in the improvement of the system.

A newly approved administrative order, DAO 2016-01, mandates all DENR accredited GEs to use the e-survey plan by 2017. A DCDB cleansing will also be done by next year to address issues such as gaps, overlaps, and erroneous land survey. |SJEMauting


Confiscated forest products turned beneficial


The economic value of some confiscated forest products would be redeemed by donating these to qualified recipient.  The National Food Authority (NFA), in its request for some logs intended for the fabrication of office chairs and tables for clients’ and visitors’ use, the DENR-CAR through CENRO Baguio donated a total of six point ninety four (6.94) cubic meter of Benguet pine logs. The 6.94 cubic meter is composed of thirty (30) pieces of logs with an aggregated length of about sixty-nine point twenty-three (69.23) meters.

In the Deed of Donation prepared, the Donor is represented by CENR Officer Rainier D. Balbuena of CENRO Baguio while the Donee is represented by Cecilia A. Cuncubierta, the Provincial Manager of NFA Benguet.

These logs were derived from previously cut Benguet pine trees with an approved permit from the DENR-CAR within the office premises of  Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) situated in Loakan, Baguio City.  These were turned over to CENRO Baguio City in accordance to Section 2.2 of Executive Order No. 23, s. 2011 which states among others that “all logs derived from issued cutting permits within natural and residual forests shall be turned over to the DENR for proper disposal”. 

Based on the guidelines under Memorandum Order No. 162, s. 1993 confiscated logs, lumbers and other forest products may be disposed through donation if these are not subject of a pending case in court or with other appropriate office; if these are without claimants or offenders against whom the case could be filed; and if these are found abandoned within forest areas, the ownership of which could not be ascertained and without claimants.

Further, the Order also specifies which beneficiary to prioritize in the event that two (2) qualified beneficiaries request for forest products at the same time.  On top of the priority list are the needy victims of disaster as certified by DSWD, for the School Building Program of Department of Education (DepEd), and those undertaken by the Department of national Defense (DND)/AFP Engineering Brigade.

Other beneficiaries shall include Health Centers, Public Markets, Municipal Buildings, Police Station, AFP camps, DPWH, LGUs and the Provincial, Regional and National Projects.

For CY 2016 until June 2017, the DENR-CAR donated a total of 77.936 cu.m. of lumber and 2,927 lineal meters(l.m.) of rattan to the different government agencies, of which the larger bulk is the donation to the DepEd. 

The breakdown of donated lumber per provincial office is in Abra .848 cu.m. lumber, in Apayao 51.390 cu.m. of lumber and 2,927 l.m. and in Benguet 6.700 cu.m..  Likewise, in Ifugao the total donations is 3.149 cu.m., while in Kalinga .400 cu.m. and in Mt. Province 15.446 cu.m.

Further, under the DENR Manual of Authorities, the approving authority is dependent on the volume of forest products to be donated.  It specifies that for donations that are more than 100 cu.m., the Department Secretary shall approve the donation.  But for lumber to be donated with a volume of 30.01 cu.m. to 100 cu.m., the Regional Director,  with clearance from USEC for Field Operations shall sign the Deed of Donation. Also, for the donation of 10.01 cu.m. to 30 cu.m and for those  less than 10 cu.m, the PENR Officer and CENR Officer, respectively has the authority to sign donation documents.  The DENR in the Cordillera Region, shall continue to donate confiscated lumber as long as the requisites are properly complied with.  In this way, the economic value of the lumber shall be redeemed.|GSAstudillo

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