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
Annual Asian waterbird census held
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR participated in the recent conduct of Asian waterbird census through consecutive bird watch at Magat-Maris Dam in Alfonso Lista, Ifugao and at Talaca, Tabuk, Kalinga ON January 12-13 and January 17-18, respectively.
Ecosystems Management Specialist II Linda Claire Pawid said the waterbird census primarily aims to “monitor the existence of various waterbird species especially the endangered ones”.
This year, an estimate of 20,000 egrets were observed in Kalinga while they were about 4,000 egrets; 2,000 ducks and more than 400 herons observed in Ifugao.
The waterbirds which passed the region were mostly from China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Australia.
According to Senior Ecosystems Management Specialist Trinivic Silang, November to February is the season of migratory birds wherein the month of January is the peak.
The results of the census are eyed to serve as basis for waterbird population and the changes in waterbird area distribution.
In the Cordilleras, the DENR-CAR was joined by the local government units of Alfonso Lista and Tabuk; officials from barangay Namnama; Department of Tourism-CAR; Philippine National Police-Alfonso Lista; National Irrigation Authority; National Power Corporation; SN Aboitiz; Kalinga State University; Ifugao State University-Alfonso Lista Campus; Benguet State University; Baguio-Benguet Wildbird Photographers Club; Wildlife Enforcement Officers of Alfonso Lista.
Prior to the bird count and monitoring, the participants had an orientation about the activity. The orientation was conducted not only for the participants to know how the waterbird census is done but for them to have increased awareness and knowledge about waterbird species, wetlands and their importance at the local, national and international level.
The Asian waterbird census is an annual activity conducted across Asia and Australasia wherein government agencies, local government units and organizations dedicated to wildlife visit wetlands in their areas and count waterbirds.
The activity is part of the global waterbird programme called the International Waterbird Census led by Wetlands International.
Apart from the Asian waterbird census, the DENR-CAR also participated in the International Black-faced Spoonbill census on January 1-4. The objective was to monitor sightings of the endangered species. Unfortunately, such was not observed in the region. |GJNF