ROD head iterates order to address questionable land titles-A A +A
Thursday, October 10, 2013
CONCURRENT Land Registration Authority Cordillera (LRA-CAR) and acting Baguio Register of Deeds (ROD) Guerrero Felipe said the city's problem on spurious Certificates of Ancestral Land Title (CALTs) will now be solved with the implementation of a joint order addressing the so-called "contentious" titles.
Joint Administrative Oder 01-12 entitled, "Clarifying, Restating and Interfacing the Respective Jurisdictions, Policies, Programs and Projects of (these agencies) in Order to Address Jurisdictional and Operational Issues Between and Among the Agencies," was issued by LRA, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) on January 27, 2012.
Felipe explained based on section 21 of the joint order, all transactions, particularly the titling and registration activities over identified contentious areas, will have to be suspended until issues raised are resolved.
The order covers the processing of CALTs and Certificate of Ancestral Domain Titles (CADTs) by the NCIP, the processing and issuance of free patents (FP) by the DENR, land acquisition and distribution (LAD) and Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) by the DAR and registration of titles by the LRA.
The order requires the agencies to submit to the LRA a complete list of the CADTs/CALTs, CLOAs and FPs which will be the subject of the suspension order.
Felipe said they are presently waiting for the NCIP Cordillera to provide the list of questionable CADTs and CALTs issued in the city.
Felipe said the order ensures no CADTs and CALTs overlap with existing titled properties.
The order requires RODs to maintain a separate registration book for CADTs and CALTs and upon registration will contain a typewritten or stamped proviso that these are subject to section 56 of Republic Act No. 8371 or the Indigenous People’s Rights Act (IPRA).
Moreover, the order mandates the creation of Joint Regional or Provincial Committees and Special Teams “to serve as venues for the resolution of jurisdictional, operational and policy issues on the contentious areas within their territorial jurisdictions.”
These committees will be under the Joint National Committee which has the option to create special teams to handle specific contentious issues in which case the special teams will submit their findings and recommendations to the JNC for resolution of the issues. (Aileen Refuerzo)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 11, 2013.