Jaime Faustino proudly describes the scene: people huddled around a picnic table in Cordova, a small island municipality in the Philippines, drawing lines around their homes on a high-resolution map. A drone flying overhead created the map minutes before, giving these Cordova residents their first aerial view of the land they live on. They hope to use it to apply for formal titles for that land.

In the Philippines, more than eight million land parcels, or nearly half of all...


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