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Reforming Agricultural Land Titling in the Philippines

May 23, 2024

By John Rieger and Tracie Yang

The Asia Foundation is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2024. For seven decades, we have partnered with change-makers from government, civil society, the private sector, and academia to solve some of the greatest challenges facing Asia and the Pacific. To mark this milestone, we are sharing a series of highlights showing the scope and impact of our contributions past and present. We are committed to building on these achievements in the decades ahead.

Land surveyors at work in the Philippines. (Photo: The Asia Foundation)

In 1936, the Philippines gave traditional farmers formal title to the lands they had farmed for generations. The Public Land Act was expected to boost agriculture by encouraging landowners to invest in their property, yet for years it didn’t work. The puzzle was why, and what to do about it.

Joining us with this tale of “thinking and working politically” is Erwin Tiamson, former director of the Philippines Land Management Bureau and an attorney with our partner the Foundation for Economic Freedom, which worked to change the law. Also with us is Jaime Faustino of The Asia Foundation’s Coalitions for Change.

A woman holding the legal title to her land. (Photo: The Asia Foundation)

John Rieger and Tracie Yang are the hosts and producers of the InAsia podcast. They can be reached at [email protected] and [email protected], respectively. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the participants, not those of The Asia Foundation.


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