198 villagers get free patent land titles in Tabuk
by L. Lopez
TABUK CITY, Kalinga (8 February) -- 198 residents of Barangay Cudal, this city are recipients of Free Patent Land Titles from the government under the Handog Titulo program of the Land Registration Authority (LRA).
A team from the Registry of Deeds (ROD) of the province distributed last week the titles during a simple ceremony in this barangay. Marcial Maga-ao of the ROD said of the total recipients, 158 came to claim their titles. The 40 others are advised to visit ROD at their office at the provincial capitol.
Handog Titulo is part of government's project in providing land to the landless, through funds from the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
Because of the program, beneficiaries were able to register their titles with the ROD without payment of the P100 registration fee as it has been waived by the LRA, under this particular program.
Also, beneficiaries were issued land titles without having been required to present tax clearances, which is required by law. However, this provision of Handog Titulo does not exempt recipients from payment of back taxes on the land, if any and current taxes.
Before a beneficiary could qualify for a Free Patent, he should have actual occupancy of the particular lot and have introduced improvements on it.
Applicants can now file their applications with the Community Environment & Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and wait for its approval from the PENRO, before they can register their titles with the ROD in three months.
The processing of applications for Free Patent titles has been shortened, unlike before when approval comes from the regional level. As provided in the conditions of the title, Free Patent titles are not negotiable for loans and sale for a period of 5 years, upon issuance. (PIA Kalinga) [top]