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Mt. Apo, Davao City and My Frustration About Land Use

My body has started to hate flying, especially during landing. This is after I was diagnosed with otitis media which swells up my sinuses, ear drum  and other mucus membranes in my respiratory tract during the sudden increase in air pressure.   It is weird because, I also feel the same as I ride a vehicle coming down a mountain.

After acquiring my Olympus E-PL 2, I have started to do some minor photography and this aerial shot of Mount Apo in Mindanao was one of those leisurely shots prior to landing to get my mind off my swollen ears.  The pilot made a good angle, but obviously, being on the foothills of a mountain, in this case a dormant volcano poses quite a risk.

We really could not impose structured land use and settlement planning given the rate of population growth and the greater autonomy of local governments. We can live our lives quietly and wait for disaster to happen just like what is happening now outside our gates.

Land use is supposed to be planned. I know based on the books I have read and my academic training, but there are other issues such as social justice and equitable distribution of resources.  It seems everyone has a right to own land, regardless whether that land is a volcano or other geological hazards that can threaten our safety.

I do not want to go into the reproductive health debate but where will we get land for the burgeoning population? Land is scarce and that has been proven by David Ricardo centuries ago, the entire world is mapped, there are no new frontiers to be discovered, what we need is conservation and I believe being conservative a virtuous principle, including transparency, accuracy, relevance, consistency and consistency.

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August 7, 2012 · 11:04 am

Land Use and Land Reform

When land issues become politicized, things become complicated. However political the Coase Theorem on property rights is, it is still an environmental solution.  I think we now live in violent times. However we want peace and knew the lessons of war, war can at times be needed to cleanse a nation of its ills.  These are times of conflict, not only from an external threat but also within our own skins.

I am not a proponent of war, I guess I am more of a proponent of land use and the public clamor for land reform I believe can lead to war.  War may be the extreme form of conflict but I believe conflict is already here. We can be friendly and kind with our neighbors, but deep inside there is fire burning for reform.

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