DENR issues 1,685 land titles to CL residents


In support of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu’s initiative to improve land administration and management in the country, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here has distributed 1,685 land titles or patents this year benefitting more than 8,400 families and their beneficiaries in the region, environment authorities said.

Paquito Moreno, Jr., regional director of DENR in Central Luzon, reported that 189 land titles covering some 141 hectares of public lands has been distributed to marginalized farmers of Central Luzon since January of this year.

“These agricultural land titles or patents issued to farmers aimed to spur economic development in the region’s agrarian sector, following the reinforcement of the approved Bill No. 1454 or the “Agricultural Free Patent Reform Act of 2017,” he said.

In addition to that, he said 1,248 land titles covering some 29 hectares of public lands has been doled out to Central Luzon residents. He explained that the issuance of residential free patents was part of the land disposition program of the government by virtue of Republic Act No. 10023 or the Residential Free Patent Act.

Apart from the agricultural and residential patents, the DENR also distributed 230 miscellaneous patents for commercial and industrial purposes covering about four hectares of lands, while another 18 special patents covering more than three hectares of lands were issued for public schools, local government offices and quasi-public use.

This brought to a total of 38,434 land titles covering 18,849 hectares of public lands benefiting well over 183,000 landless farmers, including their families, have already been distributed in Central Luzon since 2011.

According to Ricky Hernandez, chief of the Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division (LPDD), the distribution of land titles is part of the “Handog Titulo” program of the government that seeks to address poverty in rural areas, to fuel progress in communities and to improve economic productivity of the people, by expediting the processing and issuance of public land patents to qualified beneficiaries.

“Upholding land rights and providing them security of tenure empower residents and farmers of Central Luzon to improve their economic conditions,” he said.

The DENR is set to distribute another 2,000 agricultural and residential land titles covering at least 100 hectares of public lands to landless farmers in the region until December of this year.

DENR’s initiative to improve the country’s land administration system supports the Agenda 6 of the Duterte administration’s 10-point socioeconomic agenda, which aims to ensure security of land tenure to encourage investments and address bottlenecks in land management and titling agencies. -30-