Land Conversion in the Philippines Essay

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Land conversion has been present and rampant in the Philippines for the past few years especially in areas surrounding Metro Manila. To clarify the term land conversion, it is defined by the Department of Agrarian Reform as “the act of authorizing the change of the current use of a piece of land into some other use” (Nantes 130). In this context, it would be focus on the conversion of agricultural land into some other use. A brief history of land conversion around the region could be traced to the various developments in the city of Manila. When the Philippines was handed over from the Spanish to the Americans, the City of Manila was made and was composed of the former Imperial City which itself consisted of Intramuros, the Arrabales, …show more content…
One of the reasons why the Philippines shouldn’t undertake land conversion is because of the insufficient production to support the increasing population in the country.
In 2008, the International Rice Research Institute stated that to support all the Filipinos in terms of rice, 5.5 metric tons was needed. Unfortunately, only 3 metric tons were created (IRIN). In the following year, the Philippines collected 4.53 M hectares, much lower than what other Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam and Thailand which collected 39.1% and 58.7% higher (Philippine Rice Research Institute 7). The production of rice in February 2012 was 23.6% lower than the previous year’s 3.05 million metric tons. From the above figures, it can be inferred that the Philippines has not been producing enough to supply the needs of its citizens and to add to the problem, production has been also been haphazard.
As of 2012, the Philippine population has increased to 96,706,764 from the 95,053,437 in 2011 based on World Bank’s records. In the same period, Thailand, which had a higher rice production than the Philippines, only had a population increase from 66,576,332 to 68,785,001 (World Bank). Apart from

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