Mandaue City, Cebu - For the first four months of 2013, the Land Management Services (LMS) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 has already distributed a total of 4,765 land titles in Central Visayas.
DENR 7 Regional Executive Director Dr. Isabelo R. Montejo in an executive committee meeting held recently pointed out that the issuance and distribution of patents is among the agency's priority program.
"Aside from the national greening program (NGP), land patent issuance and distribution is a priority program of the DENR," Montejo said.
Of total land titles awarded, 4,178 were mainly agricultural lands handed over to farmer owners in Central Visayas' four provinces - Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor and Negros Oriental - while the remaining 587 were all residential free patents.
The LMS report said 648 agricultural patents and 132 residential patents were distributed in Cebu; 3,277 agricultural patents and 326 residential patents in Bohol; 113 agricultural patents and 125 residential patents in Negros Oriental; and 140 agricultural land titles and four residential patents in Siquijor.
Montejo has directed the provincial and community environment and natural resources officers (ENRO) in said four provinces to observe very strictly the required time frame in accepting, processing and releasing of said documents to fast track the issuance,
"Applications should be acted very promptly in accordance with existing policies and should not be kept in a drawer and applications with incomplete requirements should be returned immediately with appropriate notifications for the applicant to comply with," Montejo added.
Also, the DENR 7 official reiterated his call to the public to transact only with authorized personnel and to report immediately any abuses or illegal transactions committed by its personnel particularly on land titling fixing like soliciting a certain amount outside of the required or legal fees.