Drones now OK for land surveys, titling

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Posted at Feb 22 2018 01:39 AM | Updated as of Oct 03 2018 07:18 PM

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The Land Management Bureau now allows drones for conducting land surveys for titling and registration.

The move comes after two years of collaborative studies with the UP Diliman Department of Geodetic Engineering, the Asia Foundation, and the Foundation for Economic Freedom.

Advances in technology have allowed consumer drones to be used for surveys, according to Rene Sanapo of the Foundation for Economic Freedom.

"Now na na-improve iyung pag-capture niya ng image and we are now able to put in GPS capabilities within the drones, so we now think that it is now capable of being used for surveying purposes," Sanapo told ANC's Future Perfect Tech Shorts. 

The advocates who pushed for the adoption of aerial drone surveying technology believe this will remedy the poor titling situation in the Philippines by speeding up the process, lowering the cost and improving its accuracy.

"A person who has title to his land tends to invest in his property, improve his housing, so the cost of the property and the valuation of the neighborhood also goes up," said Engr. Henry Pacis, chief of the Policy and Planning Division of the Land Management Bureau.