LGU in CL to take the lead in land titling program

THE LOCAL government unit (LGU) of Mabalacat will take the lead in the government’s land titling program after it forged a Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MoPA) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), environment authorities here revealed recently.

Francisco Milla, Jr., regional director of DENR said the City of Mabalacat will expedite land titling activities in the City and has committed to integrate land administration in the LGU activities to fast track the processing and distribution of land titles in their jurisdiction.

“Local government played a vital role in contributing to the effective development, administration and management of the country’s land resources, hence this partnership agreement,” he said.

He said Mabalacat is the only second LGU in Pampanga already partnered with the DENR in the LGU-led public land titling program after the town of Minalin.

Under the agreement, municipal assessors and planning officers, and staff from the environment or other offices may be deputized as Public Land Investigators after undergoing intensive training.

The next step is to establish a land management office in the City of Mabalacat and to train LGU staff in land management, said Milla.

For his part, Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales of Mabalacat expressed his gratitude for the support and technical assistance extended by the DENR in addressing his city’s environmental issues.

DENR records show that there are 20 cities and municipalities, including a provincial government in Central Luzon already committed to partner with the DENR on land titling.

These are the towns of Llanera, Carranglan, Laur, Gen. Tinio, Penaranda and Palayan City in Nueva Ecija; San Marcelino,Castillejos, Masinloc, San Antonio, Cabangan and Olongapo City in Zambales; Minalin in Pampanga; Limay in Bataan, Bulakan, Obando and Calumpit in Bulacan; Dipaculao in Aurora; Mayantoc in Tarlac; and the provincial government of Bulacan.

Among the benefits of the land management partnership to the LGU includes the improvement of tax collection on titled properties, increase land market activities, better delivery of basic services, greater security of tenure and credit and the reduction of land litigation, Milla added.

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Arthur Salazar, deputy director for Technical Services of DENR Central Luzon said the mascot Maggie symbolizes the blue spotted rabbit fish scientific Siganus corallinus, which is now threatened in the MOBPLS.

“Maggie was named after the pristine Magalawa Island in Zambales. The fishing for this flagship species is now being regulated by the local government unit because of its declining population,” he explained.

He said the blue spotted rabbit fish was chosen by local communities as flagship species because of its economic and ecological importance, being a major food source and livelihood for the fisher folk in the area.

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