Survey Orders and Authorities in the Philippines

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What type of survey is required for an area of 5,000 hectares and above, involving inter-regional boundary dispute?

Political Boundary Survey

What is the minimum area required for a Reclamation Project Survey to be conducted under the SO category?

100 hectares

Which government office is responsible for conducting Mineral Land Surveys?

Regional Director MGB

What is the maximum area for a Townsite Reservation and Group Settlement Survey to be conducted under the SO category?

1,500 hectares

What type of survey is conducted for areas of 12 hectares and below, under the SA category?

Isolated Land Surveys

Which government office is responsible for conducting Parks and Protected Areas Delimitation Surveys for areas less than 5,000 hectares?

RTD for PAWCZMS

What must a GE secure before conducting surveys of lands of the public domain?

Survey Order (SO) or Survey Authority (SA)

Who issues Survey Orders (SO) for delimitation surveys that cover two or more regions?

Secretary

What is a Survey Authority (SA) issued for?

Conducting surveys of public lands for land registration and other purposes

Who issues Survey Authorities (SA) for isolated land surveys?

Director, LMB

What type of survey does the Admin, NAMRIA issue Survey Orders (SO) for?

Delimitation Survey on Land Classification

Under what condition is a Survey Order (SO) issued by the Director, LMB?

If area is covered by a special law/proclamation giving jurisdiction to the LMB

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Survey Categories and Requirements

  • Cadastral Surveys, Survey Order (SO) required
  • Parks and Protected Areas Delimitation Surveys, SO required for areas 5,000 hectares and above
  • Political Boundary Survey, SO required if no inter-regional boundary dispute is involved
  • Delimitation Survey for Watershed Reservation, SO required for areas 5,000 hectares and above in the same region
  • Reclamation Project Surveys, SO required for areas 100 hectares and above
  • Isolated Land Surveys, SO required for areas more than 100 hectares
  • Survey of LGU Lands, SO required for areas more than 100 hectares
  • Foreshore Land Surveys, Survey Authority (SA) required for areas more than 100 hectares

Regional Technical Director (RTD) for Lands

  • Political Boundary Survey, SO required if involved areas are within the same city or municipality
  • Public Land Subdivision, SO required
  • Reclamation Project Surveys, SO required for areas less than 100 hectares
  • Townsite Reservation and Group Settlement Surveys, SO required for areas up to 1500 hectares
  • Isolated Land Surveys, SO required for areas more than 12 hectares, up to 100 hectares
  • Survey of LGU Lands, SO required for areas up to 100 hectares
  • Foreshore Land Surveys, SA required for areas 12 hectares up to 100 hectares

Mineral Land Surveys

  • Regional Director MGB, SO required

RTD for Forestry

  • Delimitation Survey for Watershed Reservation, SO required for areas in the same region less than 5,000 hectares

RTD for PAWCZMS

  • Parks and Protected Areas Delimitation Surveys, SO required for areas less than 5,000 hectares

CENRO

  • Isolated Land Surveys, SA required for areas 12 hectares and below
  • Foreshore Land Surveys, SA required for areas 12 hectares and below

Survey Order and Survey Authority

  • Survey Order (SO) refers to the instruction issued by the concerned DENR Official to conduct a survey over a parcel of land of the public domain or a specific survey project
  • Survey Authority (SA) refers to the permit issued by the concerned DENR Official to a private Geodetic Engineer to conduct an isolated survey over public lands for public land application purposes

Issuance of Survey Order and Authority

  • The following DENR officials shall issue SA/SO for the conduct of surveys of public and government land for land registration and other purposes:
    • Secretary
    • Director, LMB
    • Admin, NAMRIA

Learn about the rules and regulations surrounding survey orders and authorities in the Philippines, including the roles of government and private Geodetic Engineers.

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