DENR tells public: Want your land titled? Come, see us
By Danny O. Sagun
Dagupan City (24 November) -- THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources has asked the public to freely approach its field offices for their land titling concerns.
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Oficer Leduina Co said she and her staff are more than willing to help people who want to avail of the free patents for agricultural lands issued by the department.
"Gustong-gusto naming magpatitulo sila, lumapit lang sila sa pinakamalapit na Cenro o kaya sa Penro," she told the Pantongtongan Tayo radio program of the Philippine Information Agency over Radyo ng Bayan-DZMQ last Tuesday, noting the hesitancy of some people to approach concerned government offices to air their concerns.
The community environment and natural resources offices (Cenros) are located in the cities of Dagupan, Urdaneta and Alaminos. The Penro office is located at A.B. Fernandez Avenue west in Dagupan.
Processing for land titles may take two months. The owner may spend some P1,000, a measly sum when compared to huge expenses involved in land titling going thru the judicial process, Co said.
She advised landowners to bring with them documents like tax declarations and approved survey plan by a geodetic engineer or a cadastral public land survey undertaken by the concerned municipality.
On residential lands, she said owners seeking land titles will have to pay corresponding amounts depending on the size of the land and the prevailing zonal or fair market values.
For lands still to be subdivided among surviving heirs, she said concerned parties will have to talk among themselves and come to an agreement in writing and employ a private geodetic engineer for the survey plan which is to be forwarded to the regional office of the Lands Management Bureau for approval.
Of the targeted 3,000 free patents for agricultural lands in Pangasinan, Co said about 70 percent of the target was already attained.
Meanwhile, the land dispute involving public lands in Lingayen which claimants brought to Secretary Lito Atienza during his People's Hour regional launching last August at the Pangasinan State University has yet to see final settlement.
Co said that a relocation survey will be conducted to validate earlier cadastral surveys. The lands have been disputed by claimants said to be residents and farmers from barangays Tumbar, Talogtog and Banaga since the 1970s. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]