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DENR to landowners: Try our land titling program

By Danny O Sagun

Dagupan City (11 November) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has urged owners of agricultural lands that have not been issued titles yet to avail of the land titling program of the government thru the DENR.

"Murang-mura at mabilis pang proseso," said Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Leduina "Wendy" Co during the KBP Forum Thursday at the Philippine Information Agency.

She said that a landowner may spend only some P1,000 to include expenses on securing necessary documents from the Land Registration Authority and documentary stamps. The application fee is only P50, she bared.

If documents are complete including cadastral survey, she said the landowner may get the title in about one and-a-half months. "Kung may gusot yong papeles at kailangan pang magresearch sa LRA siguro aabutin ng three months," she added.

Co assured the authenticity of the titles being issued by the DENR. "Sa akala ng iba peke kasi murang-mura. Di totoo yon," she said as she noted that only few are actually taking advantage of the land titling program thru administrative processes. She however warned landowners to direct their transactions with the DENR thru the community environment and natural resources office (CENRO) and avoid any transaction with fixers.

She also said that the department has started accepting applications under the Free Patent land titling program for residential lands. She said titles will be issued as soon as the judicial forms from the National Printing Office arrive.

Under the program, a landowner will be entitled to a maximum of 500 square meters. "Kung malaki yong lupa dapat ipamana na ng magulang sa mga anak," she said.

Another mode of land titling being implemented by the department is the miscellaneous sales application for residential, commercial and industrial lands based on appraised values, she also said.

Meanwhile, Co announced that the towns of Sta. Barbara, Calasiao, Mangaldan and Binmaley have been initially selected as water quality management areas.

The program aims to establish water governing boards in said towns to determine the proper utilization of waters whether for domestic, commercial or industrial use, she said. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]

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