Last week we examined some of the causes of poverty in the Philippines.
One of these was the messy land title issue.
You probably wondered, why doesn’t someone just fix it?
It was be very difficult and any solution would be imperfect – but surely it is possible.
Reform the laws. Send out armies of officials into each region, hold public meetings, use GPS to map boundaries, set up an inexpensive dispute resolution system to deal with all the conflicts.
Back the process up with the national police as required. Catch a few officials taking bribes and make examples of them. Do this also with those who try to subvert the process.
It might take a decade or longer, but with sufficient will, the entire archipelago’s land ownership titles could be cleared up and recorded by the national government.
Many other countries have surmounted this problem. Some of them did it centuries ago without GPS, computers or M-16s to ease the process.
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