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DENR in Bicol distributes 4,562 free patents

Legazpi City (5 February) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Bicol distributed 4,562 free patents to farmer beneficiaries in the region last year under its Handog Titulo program.

DENR Regional Executive Director Joselin Marcus Fragada said the distribution of free patents, covering 5,342 hectares of alienable and disposable lands classified as agricultural, residential and commercial, was in support to the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

DENR, through its Land Management Service (LMS), regularly conducts cadastral and public survey of lands of the public domain also in support to the titling component of the CARP, Fragada added.

He said that aside from the issuance of patents/title to alienable and disposable lands, three other major activities were conducted by the DENR in Calendar Year 2009.

These include: Identification, processing and preparation of draft proclamation on lots for school sites; identification of lots suitable for socialized housing; and disposition or resolution of land claims and conflicts cases.

The agency also inspected, verified and approved 8,435 lots with a total area of 3,962.7405 hectares under regular fund and 12,223.7909 hectares equivalent to 7,871 lots under CARP funds.

Fragada said his agency is mandated to verify, synchronize and regulate all surveys of the public domain in order to accelerate the adjudication of lands for the purpose of achieving tenurial security, landownership equity, improvement of standard of living and stimulation of land market activities in consonance with the principle of sustainable development.

DENR has processed 198 foreshore lease/contracts/permit applications for the use/occupation and management of foreshore areas.

It has encoded 9,824 land records, consisting of survey maps, plans, lot data computation and public land applications to serve the needs of its clientele regarding accurate, fast information and references on the status of public land application, survey matters and issuance of survey maps and plans.

The agency has established 105 control points through its Field Network Survey Party which is tasked to intensify 3rd and 4th order geodetic control points (mojons) to serve as basis in all surveying activities. (DENR V/PIA) [top]

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