MANAGING VACANT LANDS WITHIN CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICTS: IMPLICATIONS OF IMPLEMENTING IDLE LAND TAXATION

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Roberto P. Alabado III

 

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The horizontal expansion of the Philippine cities such as Davao City has resulted in the neglect of the original business district. This expansion usually results in the proliferation of idle lands within the central business district (CBD) and overextension of public infrastructures and services in the outlying areas. Development controls like the idle land tax are listed as options of local government units but are underutilized. There is a need to assess its implication on the operations of the local government unit and the urban environment.

Keywords: Davao City; development control; urban planning; idle land; idle land taxation; vacant land.
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LACK OF AWARENESS OF IPRA AMONG THE SUBANEN: IMPLICATIONS FOR BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION IN MT. MALINDANG NATURAL PARK AND ENVIRONS

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Aurelia Luzviminda V. Gomez, Alita T. Roxas

 

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This paper analyzes the lack of awareness about the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act among the Subanen living in the core protected area and buffer zone of the Mt. Malindang Natural Park (MMNP) and its implications on biodiversity conservation in the area. The lack of awareness of the IPRA is traceable to the lack of information dissemination on this legislation in the study sites by the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples, the provincial lead agency for indigenous peoples, and to the absence of a Subanen organization in the area. Results indicate that while IPRA is largely unknown among the Subanen in the communities studied, they are nevertheless aware of certain rights and responsibilities of indigenous peoples that are stipulated in the IPRA. These rights are those that generally relate to livelihood and survival, such as the right to land ownership and development of land and natural resources, the right to stay in territories and not to be displaced therefrom, and the right to protect indigenous knowledge systems. The responsibilities that are known among the Subanen are those that pertain generally to protection of the environment. The knowledge of these rights and responsibilities has been transferred from one generation to another. The paper also provides a glimpse of the Subanen practices and traditions, as well as the current livelihood activities in the core and buffer zones of the MMNP and examines how these affect biodiversity.

Keywords: IPRA, Mt. Malindang Natural Park, Subanen, Don Victoriano Chiongbian, biodiversity conservation, land ownership.
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Kung Bakit Ang Mga Kategoryang Subject at Object ay Hindi Angkop Sa Mga Wikang Pilipino

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Ricardo Ma. D. Nolasco

 

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Ipinakikita sa papel na ito na ang mga kategoryang subject at object ay nababagay para sa mga wikang akusatibo gaya ng Ingles, ngunit hindi aplikable para sa mga wikang ergatibo, gaya ng mga wikang Pilipino (WP). Sa halip na starting point na relasyon at ang nosyon ng subject, higit na pinahahalagahan sa mga WP ang pinakaapektadong entidad na nakakodigo sa mga absolutibong argumento (i.e., mga nominal na minamarkahan ng absolutibong pananda na ang sa Tagalog at Sebwano, ti sa Ilokano, ides sa Menuvuq, teq sa Tagabawa, yang sa Mandaya, atbp.). Ikinakatwiran dito na ang batayan ng pagpili ay ang pagkatransitibo ng klosa, na binubuo ng hindi kukulangin sa sampung katangiang ang karamiha’y pansemantika; na naisasakatuparan sa pamamagitan ng morpolohiya ng pandiwa; at nakasalalay kung ang pinanggalingan ng aksyon ay magkapareho o distintibo (magkaiba) sa pinakaapektadong entidad. Sa kongklusyon, iminumungkahi dito, na sa halip na subject at object, ang higit na angkop na gramatikal na relasyon para sa mga WP ay ang ergatibo at absolutibo.
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Knowledge Practices Traversing Nature/Culture Divide: Recent Themes in Social Studies

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Myfel Joseph D. Paluga

 

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This paper maps the various forms of disciplinal links that are presently evolving between the natural and social sciences. The first part reflects on the effects of disciplinal diversification on the traditionally demarcated domains—natural/social sciences—and on their conceptual foundation—nature/culture binary. It gives a partial review of recent perspectives that may be of interest to those constructing ways of strengthening disciplinal networking. The second part is an extended reflection on locating locally some of the interesting themes in constructing knowledge beyond the nature/culture divide.
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Impact of BIMP-EAGA on Mindanao Exports

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Larry N Digal, Milva Lunod

 

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This paper examines the impact of Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) initiative on Mindanao exports to Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia (BIM). Using an export demand model, results show a significant impact of EAGA on the volume of Mindanao exports to Brunei but not for Malaysia and Indonesia. Exports to BIM are generally dependent on price. However, income elasticities are generally elastic which suggest increasing opportunities for Mindanao to export to BIM as per capita income improves in these countries.
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