A cascading activity on the Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal (RLTA) was initiated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) XII through the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Banga for the Municipality of Surallah, South Cotabato on April 13, 2022.

Said activity aims to orient partners on the importance of having an updated and harmonized record pursuant to the signed memorandum of a partnership agreement (MOPA) between DENR and LGU-Surallah, South Cotabato.

The LTP, per Land Management Bureau Technical Bulletin No. 1, Series of 2018, is defined as the process to obtain a clear picture of the land tenure situation on the ground before land titling operations are undertaken. It is also intended to determine the approximate workable lots in a particular barangay.

In support of the activity, a lecture on Consolidated Cadastral Map (CCM) was presented by Engr. Tajoden Naga, DMO III of Surveys and Mapping Division (SMD).

He emphasized that maps are essential to generate reliable and authentic data. “Through maps, a visual presentation of a locality can be viewed as to what lots are patented, applied, unapplied and utilized for public use or purpose”, he said.

Meanwhile, Liga ng mga Barangay President Renato B. Susbilla, MD Chief DENR Region XII, Sultan Caidar Sambarani, and CENR Officer Larry P. Curias, expressed their appreciation for the success of the said activity and reiterated their desire to hand over patents to qualified beneficiaries in partnership with one another.

Present at the event are the Surallag Barangay Captains, Municipal Assessors, and staff from the Mayor’s Office of Surallah, together with personnel from the Regulation and Permitting Section (RPS) of CENRO Banga, South Cotabato. (With report and photos from Banga IO Designate Alnayah Mohammad Ayman)