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ISULAN, SULTAN KUDARAT – The Department of Environment and    Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 has distributed 397 land titles

to  beneficiaries here on Friday morning,September

27, 2019.  The land  titles were distributed through the DENR’s "Handog Titulo" program,

in   partnership with the Provincial Government of Sultan Kudarat (SK) 

and the Land Registration Authority (LRA).

 
 
SK Governor Suharto  “Teng” T. Mangudadatu, Ph.D., together with DENR 12 Assistant    Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services Ma. Socorro C. Lanto, SK Provincial ENR
 
Officer Renato C. Domingo, Tacurong City   Community ENR Officer Saga A. Akmad, SK Provincial Assessor  Glecerio L. Comprendio and Mary Grace L. Franco of LRA handed   
 
over the  agricultural and special patents to the beneficiaries from the    several barangays and schools in the province. Gov. Mangudadatu  said that the government is doing everything to
 
ensure the welfare of    the public. He said that the “Handog Titulo” program is one of the    examples that the government assures the public’s rights and well-   being. ARD Lanto said that the
 
program is one of the 10-point socio-   economic agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte to ensure the security    of land tenure and to encourage investments and address bottlenecks    in the
 
land management and titling agencies.
 
 
“The very essence of    this program is to uplift the socio-economic status of the    beneficiaries,”  ARD Lanto said. “Based on DENR’s mandate, we are    in charge in the management and
 
disposal of public lands,” she said.  With the aim to fast track the processing and issuance of public land    patents to qualified beneficiaries, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu    issued on August
 
1, 2019 the DENR Memorandum Circular No. 2019-   04 to conduct a nationwide Handog Titulo program every September    in celebration of the Lands Anniversary. 
 
“We will be having a Handog  Titulo program in the region every September annually,” ARD Lanto  said. Recently, the DENR together with the local government unit of  Matalam in North
 
Cotabato and Registry of Deeds awarded a total of 300 land titles to qualified beneficiaries in the said town.  Gov. Mangudadatu reminded the title recipients to take care of their land   
 
properties since these are already under their names. 
  
“Your children    and future generations will inherit these lands, so you should take care   of those titles,” the governor said.Aside from its objective to speed up    the procedure and distribution
 
of public land patents, the Handog  Titulo program is also an initiative to enhance the allocation of land    titles to alleviate poverty and promote growth and advancement. ###