THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) exceeded its target in the agricultural and residential free patent issuance in Region 7 as reported by the Licensing, Patents and Deeds Division (LPDD).
Dr. Eddie Llamedo, DENR 7 planning division head, said a total of 6,510 lot titles, covering a total area of around 1,835.9 hectares, which constitutes 4,622 agricultural and 1,888 residential, were issued.
They targeted issuing 5,445 lot titles regionwide for 2016.
On the other hand, DENR 7 Director Emma Melana said that the patent issuance and distribution is still one of the priority programs of the DENR under the leadership of the Environment Secretary Gina Paz Lopez geared towards a more improved land administration and management in the country and provide stronger support to the local government units (LGUs) by boosting their land revenue collections.
As a strategy to fast track the issuance, Melana has directed all the provincial and community environment and natural resources officers in the four provinces to observe very strictly the required time frame in accepting, processing and releasing of the said documents.
In accordance to Republic Act No. 3844, or the Agricultural Land Reform Code, the DENR is primary responsible for the distribution and land disposition through the issuance of free patents or homestead patents for public agricultural alienable and disposable lands.
On the other hand, issuance of patents for residential lands is in line with the implementation of Republic Act 10023, or the New Free Patent Act, which provides DENR to process a free patent title application to any Filipino citizen who is an actual occupant of a residential land.
A free patent on residential land covers untitled residential lands in public alienable and disposable lands that are zoned by LGUs as residential areas, including town sites, public schools, municipal halls, public plazas or parks, delisted and abandoned military camps or reservations.
Melana, in her statement, stressed the need to issue patents, as it will redound to the overall productivity of idle lands in the region and will therefore ultimately boost economic prosperity in the countryside.