After the successful โ€˜Malawakang Handog Titulo Program" in Cagayan Valley in June, this year, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has awarded more land titles in celebration of the 121st Lands Anniversary last September.
In the recent 2nd-leg of the Handog Titulo Program, a total of 622 patents were distributed to beneficiaries from Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya. For the province of Batanes, the awarding of land titles will be held this October.
In her message during one of the awarding ceremonies, Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan said the Department in partnership with the Registry of Deeds (ROD) and the local government units is committed to provide land tenure security to rightful land occupants.
"We commit to strengthen the DENR-Local Government Unit (LGU) partnership by providing a secured property rights for every landowner," Director Bambalan emphasized.
RED Bambalan also stressed the strong collaboration with the ROD to expedite the awarding of unregistered patents to beneficiaries with the support of LGU concerned.
Joining the ceremony were provincial and community environment and natural resources officers; local chief executives; municipal environment and natural resources officers; punong barangays; and other officials and employees of DENR, ROD and LGUs.
The beneficiaries were also given free seedlings during the awarding of patents.
The Handog Titulo Program of the DENR aims to expedite the processing and issuance of public land patents to qualified individuals. It seeks to achieve security of tenure for poverty alleviation and economic development.#