Mayor sets dialogue with SolGen to address Busol issue-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Monday, September 9, 2013
NOTHING will stop the Baguio City Government from filing an affidavit of adverse claim over some 22 questionable derivative titles in the Busol watershed.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan said he will meet with the Office of the Solicitor General this week to cause for the nullification of titles issued in some 7.8 hectare portion of the 112 hectare watershed.
Domogan pressed the city's case over the titles during the meeting of the Baguio-Boracay Technical Working Group presided by Department of Tourism Undersecretary Ma. Victoria Jasmin and attended by Land Registration Authority Executive Director Eulalio Diaz III.
Diaz said they will look into the titles and help process the cancellation of the titles while assuring the City Government they will consult the city in registering ancestral land titles issued in the reservation.
Domogan stressed the derivative titles granted by the court in 1965 by then Judge Pio Marcos under Land Registration Proceedings 211 were null and void from the beginning as they were never validated as promulgated then by Presidential Decree 1271.
"The Registry of Deeds should not have validated these titles. To our surprise, the LRA Manila has approved the subdivision survey," he said.
The mayor reported the authority to survey for the titles was only approved June 13 while the issuance of 22 derivative titles from the Original Certificate of Title 162 was done only June 20. He also said the issuance of titles violate an earlier Supreme Court decision declaring these titles as null and void.
He said it is the City Government's obligation to ask the OSG for the cancellation of these titles as this may again cause for the sale or transfer of the titles to unsuspecting buyers.
However, the ROD refused to annotate or register the city's adverse claims while Diaz's recent pronouncement may be deemed as significant as it will eventually cause for the immediate registration of the adverse claims.
"It is the obligation of the city government to inform the public of the questionable titles before it is again sold to unsuspecting buyers through the filing of an affidavit of adverse claim," he said.
Domogan added the derivative titles also are part of critical and important portions of the Buol watershed, the biggest source of water for several barangays in the city.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 10, 2013.