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Section 16. Powers of LGC; General Welfare; Duties; MOST IMPORTANT SECTION
SEC. 16. General Welfare. - Every local government unit shall exercise the
powers expressly granted, those necessarily implied therefrom, as well as powers
necessary, appropriate, or incidental for its efficient and effective governance, and
those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare. Within their
respective territorial jurisdictions, local government units shall ensure and support,
among other things, the preservation and enrichment of culture, promote health
and safety, enhance the right of the people to a balanced ecology, encourage and
support the development of appropriate and self-reliant scientific and technological
capabilities, improve public morals, enhance economic prosperity and social justice,
promote full employment among their residents, maintain peace and order, and
preserve the comfort and convenience of their inhabitants.
Section 19. Eminent Domain
SEC. 19. Eminent Domain. - A local government unit may, through its chief
executive and acting pursuant to an ordinance, exercise the power of eminent
domain for public use, or purpose, or welfare for the benefit of the poor and the
landless, upon payment of just compensation, pursuant to the provisions of the
Constitution and pertinent laws: Provided, however, That the power of eminent
domain may not be exercised unless a valid and definite offer has been previously
made to the owner, and such offer was not accepted: Provided, further, That the
local government unit may immediately take possession of the property upon the
filing of the expropriation proceedings and upon making a deposit with the proper
court of at least fifteen percent (15%) of the fair market value of the property based
on the current tax declaration of the property to be expropriated: Provided, finally,
That, the amount to be paid for the expropriated property shall be determined by
the proper court, based on the fair market value at the time of the taking of the

Public use
Just compensation (Esteban Jr. vs De Onorio) The market value which should be
paid or that sum of money which a person is desirous but not compelled to buy and
an owner who is willing but is not compelled to sell.
Formal offer
Expropriation proceedings
Basis: Current Fair Market Value based on Tax Declaration amount to be paid shall
be determined by the proper court
PED may not be exercised unless a valid and definite offer has been made

1. Enactment of an Ordinance by the legislative council authorizing the LCE o

exercise the power of eminent domain
2. Power has to be exercised for public use, purposes, welfare
3. Payment of just compensation
4. Valid and definite offer was made to the owner and the offer was not
Expropriation cannot be made pursuant to a resolution because a resolution is
merely a recommendation and a declaration of a sentiment thus what is needed is a
city ordinance which is a law and permanent while resolution is only temporary in

SEC. 20. Reclassification of Lands.

(a) A city or municipality may, through an ordinance passed by the sanggunian
after conducting public hearings for the purpose, authorize the
reclassification of agricultural lands and provide for the manner of their
utilization or disposition in the following cases:
(1) when the land ceases to be economically feasible and sound for agricultural
purposes as determined by the Department of Agriculture or
(2) where the land shall have substantially greater economic value for residential,
commercial, or industrial purposes, as determined by the sanggunian concerned:
Provided, That such reclassification shall be limited to the following percentage of
the total agricultural land area at the time of the passage of the ordinance:
(1) For highly urbanized and independent component cities, fifteen percent (15%);
(2) For component cities and first to third class municipalities, ten percent (10%);
(3) For fourth to sixth class municipalities, five percent (5%):
Provided, further, That agricultural lands distributed to agrarian reform beneficiaries
pursuant to Republic Act Numbered Sixty-six hundred fifty-seven (R.A. No. 6657),
otherwise known as "The Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law", shall not be
affected by the said reclassification and the conversion of such lands into other
purposes shall be governed by Section 65 of said Act.
(b) The President may, when public interest so requires and upon recommendation
of the National Economic and Development Authority, authorize a city or
municipality to reclassify lands in excess of the limits set in the next preceding

(c) The local government units shall, in conformity with existing laws, continue to
prepare their respective comprehensive land use plans enacted
through zoning ordinances which shall be the primary and dominant bases for the
future use of land resources: Provided, That the requirements for food production,
human settlements, and industrial expansion shall be taken into consideration in
the preparation of such plans.
(d) Where approval by a national agency is required for reclassification, such
approval shall not be unreasonably withheld. Failure to act on a
proper and complete application for reclassification within three (3) months from
receipt of the same shall be deemed as approval thereof.
(e) Nothing in this Section shall be construed as repealing, amending, or modifying
in any manner the provisions of R.A. No. 6657.