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LAMP 2 project in Leyte hopes to deliver 8,000 patents in 2007

Tacloban City (September 9) -- The Land Administration and Management Project Phase 2 in Leyte targets to deliver this year, about 8,000 patents to land owner beneficiaries.

This is the clarification made by PENRO Hernani delos Reyes Jr., during the Local Steering Committee for LAMP 2 meeting held last week, at the Ritz Tower de Leyte.

He clarified that putting the target to 8,000 instead of the 14,375 which was earlier reported, is actually not a reduction but a correction. The World Bank, he said, thought that the Project is already in its third year of implementation and so it placed the target to 14,375.

The Project, PENRO delos Reyes said is only at its second year of operation, hence the correction of the target from 14,375 to 8,000 was made.

The PENRO expressed confidence that with the imposition of a daily output of three patents per adjudicator, and with the assistance of the CENRO, the project, based on the computations made, will even surpass the 8,000 target by November of this year.

So far, the project was able to register 2,019 patents and 1,531 of which have already been distributed. About 488 have not yet been claimed while there are still 684 unregistered patents under the custody of the One Stop Shop. This is as of July 26, 2007.

As of the September 7 meeting, the number of registered patents have increased. In Tanauan alone, there are already more than 2,000 which have been issued.

LAMP was piloted in six municipalities of the province of Leyte from 2001 to 2004. The municipalities included included in the Phase I are Palo, Pastrana, Sta. Fe, Alangalang, Dagami and San Miguel.

LAMP Phase II will be implemented from November 2005 to 2010. For 2006, the municipalities of Tanauan, Tabon Tabon and Barugo will be piloted. By the year 2010, all the municipalities of Leyte will have been included.

One of the features of LAMP Phase II is the creation of one-stop-shops in each of the participating provinces which shall provide an integrated delivery of services to the public to facilitate land-related transactions.

The Local Steering Committee is provided for per Executive Order 467 defining the implementation arrangements for the land administration and management project phase 2, the creation of one-stop-shops and other purposes. Among its functions is to lead in the promotion and advocacy of reform agenda at the local level and to review project performance at the local level so as to be able to recommend to the LAMP National Steering Committee measures to addres issues and concerns.

The Local Steering Committee (LSC) is headed by Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla as chairperson with the Regional/Provincial Heads of the participating agencies such as DENR, DAR, BIR, Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Local Government Finance and Register of Deeds as members. Included as members are the civil society representatives to be recommended by the Provincial Governor subject to the approval of the LSC, the representative from the academe, the president of the League of Mayors, the president of the League of Vice Mayors, the president of the League of Councilors and the president of the Association of Barangay Captains in the province. The DENR-PPIO shall serve as the secretariat of the LSC. (PIA 8) [top]

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