The Land Management Bureau under the Department of Environment is moving to fast track its digital transformation to ensure safe, fast and efficient delivery of land-related services to the public under the so-called “new normal” triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.
Its director—Emelyne Talabis—said the bureau eyes the completion of the migration of all its land records from the manual system to the computerized Land Administration and Management System (LAMS) this year.
She said the agency is also working to digitize the processing of public land application, verification and approval of survey plans, and access to land information in order to minimize physical presence of clients and stakeholders at LMB offices nationwide.
“Even before the pandemic, the LMB is already revisiting the processes and procedures under LAMS since its launch in 2016. This new normal all the more showed the urgency of our development plans for LAMS,” she added.
LAMS is a computerized information system that consolidates land data and records in the country for quick and easy processing, tracking and retrieval of land information.
Warlito Quirimit, the head of both the LMB Information and Communication Technology Section and LAMS National Coordinating Desk, said the bureau looks forward to the full implementation of the inspection, verification and approval of surveys under the LAMS.
According to Quirimit, LMB also plans to provide the public online access to spatial data with plotting features overlaid on satellite imagery or Google Earth, including adjoining lots, if available.
“An online payment mechanism for the implementation of cashless transactions is also in the work,” he disclosed.
“We aim to hasten these modernization plans brought by the new normal requirements,” he said.