LRA computerization still poses a problem-A A +A
Sunday, October 20, 2013
MOST of the Land Registration Authority offices all over the country have so far been computerized to enable faster processing of registry of deeds and titles, but the lack of manpower and the need to link the system with other government agencies still pose a problem.
In a press conference called for the first national summit of The Organization of Property Stakeholders, Inc.-Land Registration Authority (Tops-LRA) at the Marco Polo Hotel Friday, LRA administrator Eulalio C. Diaz III said that of the 2,900 plantilla workers set for the agency, only 1,900 have so far been occupied.
He said that aside from the lack of personnel, most of the employees are aged, thus they have a hard time training them for the computerized system.
Property stakeholders also saw the need to have a computer system link among concerned agencies for proper data input and faster processing of documents.
"Because of the computerization, we have imposed a procedure that before these administrative titles, generated by some government agencies like Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), are registered for the registry of deeds, we will need to conduct verifications, plotting, and examinations of these titles in the central office," said LRA deputy administrator Robert Nomar V. Leyretana.
He said they usually request data from concerned government agencies, for the verifications, plottings, and examinations but it is unfortunate that it will take days for these agencies to submit the much needed data, thus causing delays.
"That's why we want their (agencies) data to get into the database, not only for our use, but for it to also be used later on," Diaz, for his part, said.
Tops vice president Paul H. Tanchi said that as a stakeholder, they want the right data to come out in the property titles.
"Every delay makes things expensive also," he said.
Summit chair Rodolfo B. Fernandez told reporters that by linking the LRA system with other concerned agencies, like the Bureau of Internal Revenue and DENR, will result to a thorough processing of certifications, deeds, titles, and the likes.
"The digitalization of the processing will also reduce or eliminate human intervention and discretion thus preventing corruption," he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 21, 2013.