Baguio faces another challenge in Busol-A A +A
Monday, September 9, 2013
BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan recently executed an affidavit of adverse claim over a 77,849 square meters of prime land issued with 22 derivative titles by the Registry of Deeds.
The land, which falls under the Busol Forest Reserve, is covered by Original Certificate of title (OCT) No. 018-0-162 and established under proclamation no. 15 as a watershed reservation, considered the biggest source of drinking water for the Summer Capital.
"The annotation of adverse claim over the parcel of land covered by OCT. 018-0-162 and all derivative titles is of utmost importance,” Domogan said.
The titles within the Busol Forest Reserve were discovered when a request to issue tax declarations previously covered by OCT 018-0-162 was received by the Office of the Assessor.
Accordingly, the property was subdivided into 22 lots which were issued TCTs numbered 018-2013001265 to 018-2013001286.
City Assessor Nilda Navarro immediately forwarded the request to City legal Officer Melchor Carlos Rabanes for legal opinion explaining the lots are plotted inside Proclamation No. 15 and could jeopardize the interest of the city.
Rabanes then advised Navarro not to issue tax declarations over the 22 subdivided lots citing OCT 018-0-162 is a 211 title under Land Registration Case No. 1 Rec. No. 211 which requires validation under PD 1271 and amended by PD 1311.
Rabanes said, issuing tax declarations covering said lots will be reckless, anomalous and irregular and will certainly cause grave and irreparable damage and injury to the government and the public.
Rabanes advised Navarro to coordinate with the Register of Deeds for the annotation on the purported derivative titles.
The legal office also tasked Navarro to communicate the findings to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the City Council for a joint verification and investigation on the serious concern.
Meantime, surviving members of the Kalomis Clan and original claimants to the Busol Watershed personally visited Mayor Domogan to report they never executed any Deed nor processed any document pertaining to the subject lot and maintained their wish for Busol to remain as a forest reserve.
The heirs intimated filing of appropriate charges to persons involved in processing for personal gain a part of their ancestry. (Paul Rillorta)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 09, 2013.