Terms of Reference

A. INTRODUCTION

Executive Order (EO) No. 770 series of 2008 reorganized the Regional Land Use Committee (RLUC) in accordance with the Institutional Framework for National Physical Planning. It amended the Letter of Instruction (LOI) 1350, which originally institutionalized land use and physical planning in the Philippines and created the National Land Use Committee (NLUC) last 2 August 1983.

As a provision of EO 770, the NLUC had been elevated as part of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board Committee, allowing the review of its composition and its regional counterparts – the RLUCs.

Under Section 6 of EO 770, the RLUC will replicate the NEDA Board NLUC composition, thus, calling on the membership of regional departments, bureaus, offices, agencies, private entities and organization for cooperation, support and assistance in the performance of its functions.

In compliance with EO 770, the Calabarzon Regional Development Council (RDC IV-A) reorganized the RLUC as one of its special committees on 24 August 2009.

On 2 April 2014, the Committee included the Provincial Planning and Development Coordinators of the five provinces (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) and the League of Local Development Planning and Coordinators of the Philippines, Inc. as regular member.

B. FUNCTIONS OF THE RLUC

  1. Formulate and periodically update the Regional Physical Framework Plan (RPFP), taking into consideration national, interregional, regional and local plans and policies;
  2. Promote the integration of land use and physical planning policies, plans and programs, including disaster disaster risk management into the regional socio-economic plans and programs;
  3. Review, prior to the local Sanggunian’s approval, the Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan and Comprehensive Land Use Plan of highly urbanized and independent component cities to ensure consistency with the RPFP and pertinent policies, standards and guidelines set forth by the NB-NLUC;
  4. Decide and resolve region-specific land use policy conflicts among government agencies, and elevate to the NB-NLUC any unresolved conflicts at the regional level. In deciding land use policy conflicts, the RLUC shall use the RPFP as primary reference;
  5. Review and recommend appropriate actions to the NB-NLUC on land use policy conflicts between or among national government agencies;
  6. Assess changes in land use and other physical resources in the region and the implementation of RPFP policies;
  7. As input to the RDC endorsement, evaluate the consistency of major programs and projects with the RPFP and their impact on land use and the environment;
  8. Undertake the gathering, updating and maintenance of a regional database system; and
  9. Perform other related functions as may be directed by the NB-NLUC.

C. COMPOSITION AND OFFICERS OF THE RLUC

  • Department of Agriculture (DA)
  • Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
  • DENR Environmental Management Bureau (DENR EMB)
  • DENR Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR MGB)
  • Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
  • Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
  • Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
  • Department of Tourism (DOT)
  • Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
  • Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB)
  • Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC)
  • Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA)
  • National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)
  • National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)
  • Office of Civil Defense (OCD)
  • University of the Philippine Los Baños Campus College of Human Ecology
  • Provincial Planning and Development Coordinators of the five provinces (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon)
  • Regional League of Local Development Planning and Coordinators of the Philippines, Inc.
  • Four (4) Private Sector representatives:
    • Two (2) Land Use Planning Experts
    • Private sector Chairperson or Co-Chairperson of the Sectoral Committee on Economic Development and the Sectoral Committee of the Infrastructure Development

Other Government Sector members

EO 770 suggests that other agencies/institutions deemed important in the fulfillment of the functions of the committee may be included as members. As such, other agencies/bureaus shall be invited on an on call basis.

RLUC Officers

EO 770 states that the Regional Director of the NEDA Regional Office shall serve as the Chairperson of the Committee. The Secretary of the Committee is the Division Chief of the Policy Formulation and Planning Division (PFPD) of the NEDA Regional Office, while the PFPD shall serve as the Committee Secretariat.

Private Sector Member

In selecting the Land Use Planning Experts from the Private Sector, EO 770 states the following procedures:

  1. The Secretariat of the RLUC shall issue invitations/nominations.
  2. The nominees shall meet the following minimum criteria:
    1. Must be a Filipino citizen, of legal age and not otherwise disqualified by law;
    2. Has substantial knowledge and experience (at least 3 years) in physical planning, including but not limited to urban and regional development planning, physical/environment planning, transportation planning, etc.;
    3. The nominee shall not hold any government position in any capacity and is not receiving remuneration from the government while serving as the private sector representative to the RLUC; and
    4. Must be willing and able to participate in all RLUC activities.
  3. The Secretariat shall review and rank the nominees based on the minimum criteria and other considerations, and submit a shortlist to the RLUC.
  4. Through a consultative process involving the member agencies, the NEDA Regional Director, as Committee Chair, shall be responsible for the final selection of the experts for the RLUC.
  5. The experts shall have a term of three (3) years. They can however be reappointed for a maximum of 3 consecutive terms through the process of nomination and confirmation discussed above.
  6. In case a vacancy occurs due to circumstances other than the expiration of the prescribed three-year term, i.e. resignation, retirement, reassignment, death or permanent disabilities, the RLUC may determine the manner in which the vacancy shall be filled-up. The appointees to such vacancies shall only serve the unexpired portion of the three-year term.

D. FUNCTIONS OF OFFICERS AND MEMBERS

The functions, powers and responsibilities of the Chairperson shall be:

  1. To preside over the meetings of the Committee;
  2. To request any agency or individual member of the Committee or any instrumentality attached to the Committee to perform other functions as the Chairperson may deem necessary, provided that such functions are within the mandate of said office;
  3. To call the attention of implementing agencies and local government units on implementation problems as identified and deliberated upon by the Committee with the end in view of instituting corrective measures;
  4. To supervise the implementation monitoring of national or regionally implemented development programs, projects and activities related to land use and physical planning;
  5. To create ad hoc committees as may be required;
  6. To review, revise, and approve all policy recommendations, plans, programs and projects originating from the Technical Staff before submission to the Committee; and
  7. To perform other functions and duties as may be directed by the Committee.

The functions and responsibilities of the Committee Secretary are as follows:

  1. To undertake research and technical assistance to the Committee;
  2. To provide management support to the Committee;
  3. To coordinate provision of technical assistance on land use and physical planning to local government and other government agencies in the region;
  4. To conduct training and other capability-building programs for local government officials and personnel and members of the Committee in the areas of land use and physical planning;
  5. To keep all records of meetings and decisions made by the RLUC; and
  6. Perform such other functions as may be provided by law or as may be assigned by the Chairperson.

The functions and responsibilities of the RLUC members are as follows:

DENR, DA, DAR, DTI, DPWH, DOT, DOST, DOE, HUDCC, HLURB and OCD

  • Provide technical inputs to land use policies;
  • Provide technical inputs and resources such as maps and data as may be necessary for plan preparation/updating and for the land use database system

DILG

  • Provide technical inputs to land use policies affecting LGUs;
  • Coordinate with LGUs, as necessary, for the purpose of executing NB-NLUC/RLUC policies and guidelines

DOJ

  • Advise the Committee on the legal implications of land use policies and ensure that such policies are in accordance with existing laws and jurisprudence

NCIP

  • Provide technical inputs and resources such as maps and data on ancestral domain and other land-use-related concerns of the indigenous peoples

UPLB College of Human Ecology

  • Provide research assistance on land-use-related concerns

Provincial Planning and Development Coordinators

  • Ensure integration of plans in the Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan;
  • Provide technical inputs on land use policies affecting LGUs

Regional League of Local Development Planning and Coordinators of the Philippines, Inc.

  • Inform the Committee of the local responses to land use policies that affect local governance

Land Use Planning Experts from the Private Sector

  • Advise the Committee on the technical merits of proposed land use policies;
  • Inform the Committee of the private sector’s land use-related concerns.

E. CONDUCT OF MEETINGS AND QUORUM

  1. The RLUC shall meet at least twice a year. All members are required to be present in all meetings of the Committee. An annual attendance report shall be done during the last quarter meeting of the Committee.
  2. Suggestion/s for agenda items shall be submitted to the RLUC Secretariat two weeks or 14 days before the scheduled Committee meeting. Submission beyond the deadline shall be calendared in the next meeting.
  3. The RLUC notice of meeting shall follow the RDC communications protocol.
  4. The hosting of meetings may be encouraged in order to promote linkages and camaraderie between and among the Committee members. Hosting of meetings shall be on voluntary basis as agreed upon by members.
  5. A simple majority shall constitute a quorum. Representatives of the LGU Leagues and other resource persons are not included in the determination of the quorum.
  6. As much as possible, decision of the Committee shall be by consensus. Should there be a need for votation, the decisions of the Committee shall be by simple majority of the members constituting a quorum. Members sending representatives other than the designated alternate shall be accorded voting rights, as necessary, provided that a written authority to decide for and in behalf of the member on any matter for decision of the Committee is presented.
  7. The HUDCC and/or HLURB, which represent the housing sector, constitute only one vote during decision making of the RLUC.
  8. As RLUC Chair, NEDA shall be allowed to vote only for the purpose of breaking a tie.
  9. All decisions of the committee shall be in the form of a resolution. The Committee Secretariat shall be responsible for the framing of the resolutions, which shall be numbered consecutively every fiscal year indicating the number of the resolution and the year the resolution was passed.
  10. The minutes of the meetings shall be certified by the Secretariat and attested by the RLUC Chair.