The Malawakang Handog Titulo Pr ogram (MHTP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 rolls in the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Isabela, Cagayan and Batanes with 2,283 patents distributed to beneficiaries.
In a series of awarding ceremonies recently conducted, the MHTP was in collaboration with the Registry of Deeds represented by Melba Niña Quinto in Nueva Vizcaya, Brenda Lyn Afalla in Quirino, Ariel Vallejo in Isabela, Herminio Sychangco Jr. in Cagayan and Maria Jocelyn Puriran in Batanes.
The activity is in support of the government program of the present administration dubbed as “Pamana sa Mamamayang Pilipino: A Duterte Legacy”. It is also part of the government’s land disposition program by virtue of Republic Act No. 10023 s. 2010 or the “Residential Free Patent Act”.
Earlier this year, DENR Acting Secretary Jim Sampulna has directed the field officials to facilitate the land titling process in the Department.
To strengthen the land management disposition program in the region, DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan created a regional committee to deliberate all environmental and administrative cases to fast track the resolution of land conflicts which are relevant in the speedy issuance of patents.
“Land conflict is the main reason of the delay in patent issuance. Through the committee, the resolution of land cases are now being facilitated,” the regional environment chief emphasized.
RED Bambalan also encouraged the patent awardees to make use of their land productively in order to improve their livelihood and economic condition.
In his message, DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations for Luzon, Visayas, and Environment Juan Miguel Cuna lauded the officials of DENR, ROD and local government units (LGUs) for facilitating the patent processing and issuance of the land titles awarded.
“Continue building partnership with the LGUs to expedite not only the land titling process but also to facilitate the resolution of land conflicts,” said USec Cuna.
For his part, Undersecretary for Enforcement, Solid Waste Management and local government units concerned Benito Antonio De Leon said the DENR has demonstrated a strong collaboration with the different partner LGUs and the ROD to sustain the activities under the land administration and management program of the Department.
“The handog titulo program aims primarily to uplift the socio-economic condition of farmer beneficiaries by encouraging investments and empowering them through having security of tenure over their properties,” USec De Leon underscored.
Gracing the region’s awarding of titles, Land Management Bureau Director Emelyne Talabis represented by Marlou Alutaya and Alex Pascua stressed in their messages the policies and guidelines in land management disposition as they emphasized the benefits of having land titles.
District representatives Luisa Lloren “Banti” Cuaresma of Nueva Vizcaya and Junie Cua of Quirino both pledged for their continued support and assistance in future land management projects in the said provinces.
Meanwhile, Governors Manuel Mamba of Cagayan, Marilou Cayco of Batanes, Rodito Albano of Isabela, Dakila Carlo Cua of Qurino, and Carlos Padilla of Nueva Vizcaya equally supported the program while recognizing DENR Region 2 in its role to facilitate the provision of secured property rights of the beneficiaries.
Witnessing the massive awarding of land titles were Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers; Nueva Vizcaya State University President Ruth Padilla; National Intelligence Coordinating Council Regional Director Flormelinda Olet; city or municipal mayors; punong barangays; other officials of DENR, and ROD and local government units.
The patent beneficiaries were also given seedlings as part of the Department's environment month celebration.#