DENR distributes land titles in Northern Mindanao

DENR distributes land titles in Northern Mindanao

FINALLY, A LANDOWNER! Recipients of free land title proudly display the signed documents with DENR officials during the awarding ceremony.

By Rjhay E Laurea

MANILA — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has awarded land titles to 415 qualified grantees in Northern Mindanao recently through its “Handog Titulo” program.

In a ceremonial program last May 6 at the DENR Region 10 Multi-Purpose Court in Cagayan de Oro City, Original Certificates of Title (OCTs) were distributed to 200 grantees in Bukidnon, 10 in Camiguin, 20 in Lanao del Norte, 35 in Misamis Occidental, and 150 in Misamis Oriental.

DENR Acting Secretary Jim O. Sampulna said he hopes that the land titles will help the lives of the recipients.

“More than just providing security of tenure to landowners, I encourage all patentees of agricultural lands to make their land productive. Make this a tool to improve the quality of your lives and that of your children,” said Sampulna.

The land titles were part of the 4,000 free permits aimed to be distributed in Northern Mindanao before the end of 2022. Apart from agricultural free permits, the grant also has residential and special free rights.

DENR Undersecretary for Legal, Administration, Human Resources, and Legislative Affairs Ernesto D. Adobo urged the grantees to make good use of the land titles to help spur economic activity.

“This title—this piece of paper—is a good vehicle for the patentees to spark economic activity. There are financial institutions where you can get a loan and make use of your piece of land to the maximum and to be able for your piece of land to produce the desired revenue,” said Adobo.

DENR-Northern Mindanao Regional Executive Director Henry A. Adornado said the land titling program was tackled in line with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive to rush the job and issuance of public land patents to qualified grantees.

To back the government’s 10-point socioeconomic agenda, the Handog Titulo program of the DENR also aims to spur socio-economic development, mostly in the countryside. (EGR/ai/mtvn)

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