Land is a very important resource that can enhance the quality of life of any human being in any society in the planet Earth. The use of land must therefore be well planned. Each local government unit or state created laws that will govern the rational use of land. Others call it Land Use Act. Smaller units like towns and cities formulate their own Land Use Plan that is accompanied by a legal mechanism called the Zoning Ordinance.
Several uses of Land had been created and their location is governed by laws to make the town, city or community, look well organized. So, in the town, city, province or county, there are areas for residential use, industrial use, institutional use like schools, hospitals and others, commercial use, areas for parks and recreation as well as open spaces. There are protected areas that is home to national forest, beaches, an underground river where a 20 million years old Serenia fossil is found, heritage sites like caves where the remains of the Tabon Man was found, and so many others. Land should therefore be used properly so that the future generations will have more left for their use and enjoyment.
(Thank you to DENR. This video was uploaded on youtube by denr10org. Puerto Princesa Underground River has already been declared the 7 Wonders of Nature and a UNESCO Heritage Site.)
How can we keep this resource clean? Land should not be allowed as the receiving end of pollution or any pollutants. Using fertilizers that can affect the sustainable use of land is not just right and it is not healthy for the land. Disturbing the land structure like mining can deform landscape that will influence erosion and flooding as in the case of flash floods and catastrophic flow of water from bald mountains which could result to the death of residents in that area.
Clean land implies caring for the land, using it properly, and control the development that will happen on it. That is why we have the 4 Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle and rot or composting so that the wastes will be placed in the landfill and not just anywhere. We have River Life Protection Program because we want the waterways to be clean and not the dumping area for garbage. When the rivers and waterways are clean, we allow the living organism there to thrive. We have wastewater treatment plant, material recovery facility and so many environment related activities so that we can keep our environment and the land we live in clean and healthy. (Photo by Henry Lib, South of Guam Island)