The Land Management Bureau (LMB) has opened its new ofﬁce in Quezon City nearly 10 months since its former headquarters in Manila was gutted by ﬁre.
LBM Director EmelyneTalabis said the agency is now ready to serve the public for land related concerns in its new ofﬁce located at Estuar Building along Quezon Avenue in Quezon City.
“We are now ready to process land applications, survey and dispose alienable and disposable lands in our new home,” Talabis said.
The new LMB ofﬁce houses the Ofﬁces of the Director and Assistant Director, and all Bureau Divisions, including Records and Knowledge Management, Geodetic Surveys, Legal, Land Policy and Planning, and Land Management.
The Center for Land Administration and Management or CLAMP, as well as the Bureau’s Bids and Awards Committee and Administrative Support Staff also hold ofﬁce in the building.
A staff Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the LMB recommends policies and programs for the efficient and effective administration, surveys, management and disposition of alienable and disposable lands of the public domain and other lands outside the responsibilities of other government agencies such as reclaimed areas and other areas needed for or are not being utilized for the purposes of which they have been established.
Talabis, meanwhile, thanked the DENR Bureau Directors who allowed LMB people to temporarily stay in their ofﬁces, such as the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, the Biodiversity Management Bureau, and the Environmental Management Bureau.
“We are grateful that they took us in right after the ﬁre,” said Talabis, adding that LMB clients who have transacted business in these ofﬁces can now proceed to Estuar Building.
On May 28, 2018, a 22-hour ﬁre gutted the LMB building in Binondo, Manila. Adjacent buildings and establishments including the National Archives Ofﬁce were also hit by the ﬁre.
After the incident, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu immediately assured the public that all land data and records for land titling are intact.
He said the records stored in the LMB ofﬁce have digitized copies in DENR regional ofﬁces and in the provincial and community environment and natural resources ofﬁces.
The DENR had started the full implementation of the Land Administration Management System, a computerized information system to consolidate all land data and records in the country to facilitate the land titling process.