26 April 2016
Government Enacts Compulsory Purchase Powers to Expedite Infrastructure Development
The Philippines government now has the right to compulsorily purchase any privately-owned land it has designated for use as part of a publically-funded infrastructure project. The legislation, known as the Right of Way Act (ROWA), came into effect as of March 2016.
As part of the powers enacted through ROWA, the government is entitled to acquire any land deemed necessary for use across a variety of development projects, including engineering works, public service facilities and service contracts. It is hoped that the bill will help address a number of the infrastructure shortcomings facing the country, including traffic congestion, flooding, and inefficient public services.
Section Two of ROWA outlines the statutory compensation payable to landowners in the case of any compulsory purchase order, as well as spelling out the official procedure for all such acquisitions.