DENR to complete cadastral survey by 2013; Fast tracks land titling thru LGUs

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           City of San Fernando, La Union-  The Department of Environment and Natural Resources   intends to complete the cadastral survey in all the municipalities and cities in  Region  1 by 2013 and at the same time  fast tracks land titling through the assistance of the local government units.

           This was revealed by Regional Executive Director Samuel R. Peñafiel as he also pointed out that the present administration  gives land administration and management as one of the priority programs of the government. The   Administrative Order No.2011-06 of DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje orders  all field DENR Officers to facilitate processing of free patents through the collaborative efforts with   all local government units.  The LGUs are encouraged  to incorporate land titling activities  in their own programs/projects.

 

The land titling in partnership with the LGUs hopes to provide speedy  resolution  to  land conflicts  which eventually  contributes to peace and order in the community;  improves LGU  income thru  Increased   collection of real property taxes,   and  increased economic activity and investments in the area. .

The DENR  provides seminars and trainings to all deputized LGU Land Investigators/inspectors   in order to equip them on the knowledge on RA 10023,  the steps in interviewing  land claimants; skills on   how to conduct ocular inspection  of lands, and  prepare and organize documents  and evidences of public land applications The LGUs are encouraged to create Cadastral Councils and to establish their own Land Information Office within their  jurisdiction

In the province of Ilocos Norte , for instance, Governor Imee Marcos responded to the call for LGU –led titling  through a  “TITULO A NATALGED, SAGUT KEN ILOKANO”   project.  She   required  all personnel in the province involve in land titling  particularly municipal assessors and the agrarian reform officers to attend orientation workshop for the processing of land titling in the province . The province of  Ilocos Sur followed through with their land titling seminars.

The LGU assisted land Titling is specified in the Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MOPA) between DENR and LGUs.  Out of 57 municipalities joined in the seminar,   17 have perfected their MOPA with DENR . Others have yet to  signify through municipal resolutions ,   creation of Cadastral Councils and establishments of Land Information Office in their respective jurisdictions. In Pangasinan,  municipalities of Balungao and  Alcala  have MOPA.  One of the provisions of the MOPA requires the reactivation of Lupong Tagapamayapa to handle land disputes and appoint a barangay monitoring Officer,  and Purok Information Officer to assist land personnel in disseminating pertinent land information in there are. They shall also help in  the acceptance of  free patent applications, and h the  conduct the Rapid Land Tenure Assessment, Land tenure improvement profiling, real property tax maintenance , socio economic profiling, and  the issuance of certified true copy of tax declarations to land claimants. These facilitate the processing of titles to qualified land owners. 

            Meanwhile, RED Peñafiel directed  Regional Technical Director for Lands Lydia S. Lopez to give hands-on tracking on the conduct of regionwide cadastral survey.  Todate, 18 municipalties and 1 city (Urdaneta City, Pangasinan)  are undergoing survey with a total contract amount of Php103,390 million  . Others are yet to pass the bidding  and post qualifications of the surveyors-contractors . “  The land titling  is dependent on the outcome of the cadastral surveys, “ says RTD Lydia S. Lopez who  also stressed that  Region 1 has the most number of patentable areas in the country.  (DENR-1 Regional Public Affairs Office, PRESS RELEASE Aug. 22, 2012)