By Rjhay E. Laurea
MANILA — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently distributed a 2.01-hectare land to the urban poor of Lupang Arenda in Taytay, Rizal, ending their decades-long wait to own the land they have been appealing for ownership.
Headed by acting Environment Secretary Jim O. Sampulna, the land titles were handed-over to the beneficiary-members of the Samahang Masigasig ng Sitio Tapayan Homeowners Association or SAMATHOA in Barangay Sta. Ana.
“All my life this is what I have been doing, issuing land titles, not only here since I worked as director of then, Bureau of Lands. I have been to many places just to issue land titles,” Sampulna said.
“That is why I am very happy because we were given the chance to again turnover land titles,” he added.
Around 41 original certificates of land ownership were distributed to the member-beneficiaries of SAMATHOA who are currently occupying the 2.01 hectares of land in Lupang Arenda.
Sampulna expressed his gratitude to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for his directive to strengthen the land distribution and reform program in the country that benefited the members of SAMATHOA.
“I am also thankful that we have our President, President Rodrigo Duterte, who made your dreams come true today,” he said.
Moreover, Sampulna committed to providing the rest of the land parcels which comprise the remaining 3 hectares of the proposed DENR Center in Rizal through the provision of a temporary ownership document. (ai/mtvn)