DENR-Batangas City pact to boost land titling

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DENR-Batangas City Pact to Boost Land Titling

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The CALABARZON Region’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources office announced having forged an agreement with the Batangas City government to speed up processing of the city constituents’ land titles in rites held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the city’s Convention Center. Regional Executive Director Reynulfo A. Juan and Batangas City chief executive Eduardo Dimacuha signed the Memorandum of Partnership Agreement to collaborate and improve land administration and management, particularly in the survey and titling activities and provide more efficient land-related services to the people of Batangas City.

Juan said getting the city mayor’s, his city council’s and the barangay council’s support was indeed an enormous feat already, with Batangas City being the premier or capital city of the province.

“The event was a concrete manifestation of two administrative orders, or two of the government’s main departments,” he revealed,“In 2011, DENR issued Department Administrative Order No. 2011-06 which prescribed the guidelines for the implementation of public land titling in partnership with the local government units. In the same year, the DILG, through the then Secretary Robredo, issued DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2011-117 which enjoins local authorities to support the intention of the DENR to integrate land titling activities, create Land Offices and Cadastral Councils in the cities and municipalities.”

He said the agreement also included the deputation conscription of qualified LGU officials and employees to be trained as Deputized Public Land Inspectors. He further revealed that through the initiative of the DENR Field Offices in Batangas, five partnership agreements have been institutionalized in the five other municipalities of the Province.
“Naging matibay na katuwang ng DENR ang lokal na pamahalaan sa Batangas na mabigyan ng katuparan ang pagnanais ng inyong mga kababayan na matitulohan ang kanilang mga pag-aaring lupa. Ito din po ang higit pa nating isasakatuparan at pagtitibayin dito sa Batangas City!” he stressed.

The partnership was projected to bear significant impact on the socio-economic life of the residents and land-owners of Batangas City. Juan claimed securing property rights will trigger economic activity, credit enhancement on the part of title-holders will be attained and secured land rights will be more conducive to investment opportunities.

 

The joint DENR-Batangas City undertaking, he said, will not only cover residential land titling, but also the titling of agricultural lands. It will also facilitate issuance of special patents to untitled lands owned and occupied by the LGUs--city, as well as the barangays.

Juan also said the MOPA can be an avenue for the reconstitution of the old or missing survey records or Batangas cadastre. He said the DENR can secure the expertise of the Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines to help out.

Batangas City mayor Dimacuha was exited with the idea of embarking into institutionalizing its own geographic information system which is considered crucial in preserving the city’s ecological integrity and the well-being of its constituents in the midst of rapid urbanization. “Naaangkop na sa mga konkretong hakbang tungo sa makabuluhan at responsableng pamamahala ng ating kapaligiran at likas na yaman. (It is just appropriate that concrete measures will be for the responsible management of our environment and natural resources,” he said
The MOPA assured the people of Batangas City of better delivery of public service on matters concerning their lands. Surveying and titling will be undertaken through streamlined, less-expensive procedures by bringing down the titling process to the local level, thereby eradicating red tape through the adoption of one-stop shops within the LGUs and the barangay approach in the gathering and filing of applications for land titling.

The historic move to strengthen and secure the land rights of the Batanguenos was witnessed by about 1,125 residents and officials of the Batangas City.
Also present during the formalization of the agreement were Chairman Angelito Dimacuha, President of the Association of Barangay Chairmen, Atty. Edwin Lagac of the Register of Deeds, Forester Francisco Milla, DENR R4A Regional Technical Director for Lands Management Service, Forester Jose Elmer Bascos, DENR-Batangas provincial chief. Forester Laudemir Salac, DENR-Batangas City chief, Oliver Gonzales of the City LGU-ENR Office and Sonny Godoy, City Planning and Development Office.