Cadastral Survey and STROPs launched


True to this year’s battlecry – “ LMS Serving You with Excellence, NOW Shining through” - the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Land Management Service (LMS) in Region 1 has been doubling its efforts to reach as many local government units to become DENR’s  partners in land titling.

Regional Executive Director Samuel Penafiel has instructed LMS Regional Technical Director Lydia S Lopez to scatter themselves and simultaneously launch the cadastral survey and survey and titling roll out project sites (STROPS) in various municipalities and cities in the region. Last week, (March 20), the team of RTD Lopez with PENR Officer of Pangasinan Leduina Co went to Bayambang and Basista, while the team of Chiefs of Surveys Division Engr. Joel Eden and LMD Manny Ydia with the Regional Public Affairs attended to the launching of cadastral survey project and STROPs in Pozorrubio and Sison, all in Pangasinan. The succeeding weeks, the LMS will run through the provinces of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte and La Union, said RTD Lopez.   

The LMS Region 1 has pouring out a total of about Php 249 Million (for CY 2012) in 91,421 hectares composed of 42 municipalities to implement the cadastral surveys of entire Region 1 so that it would fast track the land disposition through agricultural free patents and special patents under Republic Act 10023 (the residential free patent and the government –owned lots).

The local government’s role is very, very important, says RTD Lopez. Under the Memorandum of Partnership Agreement, the LGU would put up a Land Information Office in the municipal or city hall so that applicants could file their documents (applications for free patents) right in their municipal halls. Also under the MOPA, the municipal assessors are deputized as deputy public land inspectors and could accept applications which they would turn over to the DENR for records validation and ocular inspections. Under STROPs, a rigid processing would be done including the adjudication process of land conflicts wherein parties are advised to settle their cases so that their papers would be processed and the land titles could be awarded to them.