400 landless farmers and families benefit from land distribution in Tarlac


OVER 400 landless farmers and their families in Tarlac finally secured their ownership over the land they tilled and occupied for many years when they received land titles yesterday, March 31, 2016 from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here, as part of Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s “Handog Titulo” program.

According to Tirso Parian, Jr., Assistant Regional Director for Management Services of DENR Regional Office 3, a total of 82 land titles, consisting of residential and agricultural free patents as well as miscellaneous sales patents, covering more than 11 hectares of public lands were distributed to the marginalized farmers of Tarlac, which is one of the government’s contributions in promoting social justice and alleviating poverty in the rural areas.

“We aim to uplift the lives of the Filipino people, especially those working in the agriculture sector, by giving them access to free land titling and empowering them with legal ownership over land which some of them have been living on and toiling on for more than a decade,” he explained during a program at Diwa ng Tarlak in Tarlac City.

He said that the DENR is set to distribute another 450 patents covering about five (5) hectares of public land in the province of Tarlac before the end of the year.

The DENR vowed to speed up identification and survey of public land for distribution to landless farmers, and is set to distribute another 3,950 land titles consisting of agricultural and residential lands in Central Luzon before the end of this year as aligned with government’s anti-poverty program in the countryside.

Any Filipino citizen who is an actual occupant of a residential land for at least ten (10) years is eligible to apply for free patent under Republic Act (RA)  10023 of 2010 or “An Act Authorizing the Issuance of Free Patents to Residential Lands”.

Qualified applicants are also eligible to apply for free patents over public agricultural lands through open and continuous possession for at least 30 years as provided under Chapter Seven (7)  of the Public Land Act (Commonwealth Act No. 141).