The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region XII in partnership with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of South Cotabato and the Registry of Deeds-South Cotabato, distributed 114 patent titles (101 residential, 12 agricultural, and 1 special patents) at Brgy. Sto. Niño, City of Koronadal, South Cotabato on October 29, 2021.
The said initiative is part of the government’s “Handog Titulo” program which aims to fuel progress in communities and improve the economic productivity of the people by expediting the processing and issuance of public land patents to qualified beneficiaries.
Provincial Environment and Natural Resource Officer (PENRO) Radzak Sinarimbo in his message said that due to the suspension of titling in Sarangani and South Cotabato Province, the processing of the land titles were delayed but because of the effort of the field office, the completion was fast-tracked.
“Today’s 141 titles are just an initial milestone towards more if a Memorandum of Partnership (MOPA) with LGU Koronadal is executed,” he said.
Meanwhile, Registry of Deeds (ROD) RD Atty. Maria Theresa D. Biongan-Pescadera congratulated the new landowners and expressed her appreciation to the DENR and Local Government Unit for including the ROD in the endeavor.
Brgy. Captain Hon. Noberto Bañaria expressed his gratitude for the said program.
“Owning a land before is just a distant dream but today we have proven that through dedication, perseverance and hard work nothing is impossible, this is through the partnership of LGU and national agencies”, Bañaria said.
Also in attendance are City Mayor Hon. Atty. Eliordo U. Ogena, LPDD Chief, Emily Ampatuan, CENRO Banga Abunawas Abduladsis, City Engineer Marloun C. Gumbao, City Acting Assessor Maria Rhea Connie Apostol, DENR personnel from PENRO and CENRO and LGU staffs, who assisted the in the distribution of the titles.
The “Handog Titulo Program” is a continued joint effort of the national government through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Registry of Deeds, and LGUs. The program is also a part of the government’s land disposition program by virtue of Republic Act No. 10023 or the Residential Free Patent Act. (With Photos and Report from CENRO Banga)