DAR eases land conversions for power projects


Posted at Mar 24 2015 10:01 AM | Updated as of Mar 24 2015 06:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The government takes a step that will make it easier to build power plants in the future.

The Department of Agrarian Reform says it will process a land conversion, usually from rural to industrial, even if documents aren't complete, if the Department of Energy certifies it as urgent.

Confirming a BusinessWorld report, DAR Secretary Gil delos Reyes said the processing can proceeds as the applicant works on his requirements, though all documents have to be submitted before a final decision is made.

"We can process, but we still wait for all documents before resolving application for conversion," he said.

Regulatory and environmental issues have held up several power plant projects, contributing to power shortages and blackouts. - ANC