Miag-ao residents avail of free patents application

(from the top) Miag-ao Mayor Macario N. Napulan chats with DENR Iloilo CENR Officers Ildefonso T. Tuliva; Mayor Napulan welcomes the DENR for bringing its services closer to the the people; Residents inquire and file their public land applications to the personnel of the DENR.

The DENR is expected to generate about a hundred patents based on the public land applications filed by the residents in four villages during the DENR on Wheels “Pulong-Pulong” in the Municipality of Miag-ao, Iloilo on Tuesday, September 9.

DENR Regional Director Jim O Sampulna has earlier directed all field offices in the region to accomplish their targets on the issuance of the agricultural and residential free patents under Commonwealth Act 141 Republic Act 10023, or the Act Authorizing the Issuance of Free Patents to Residential Lands or the Public Land Act.

In preparation for this activity, Iloilo PENR Officer Raul L. Lorilla had created four teams to accept the applications for the agricultural and residential free patents, including special patents for various government properties like city/municipal halls, school sites and parks, among others.

According to the data provided by PENRO Iloilo, the team received 57 public land applications (PLAs) and 13 lots to be surveyed and subdivided that could result to 39 sub-lots, which will be subjected for additional PLAs.

Miag-ao Mayor Macario N. Napulan, in his message during the activity, expressed his gratitude to the DENR, especially to Regional Director Jim O Sampulna and PENRO Lorilla, for bringing its services to the residents of Brgys. Tambong, Cubay Tacas, Cubay Ubos and Tan-agan.

Mayor Napulan told residents that the activity will fully benefit them as it will give them full possession of the land they claim or occupy. He said that a tax declaration does not give absolute ownership to the claimants or occupants; rather it is the land title or patent.

DENR Iloilo OIC-CENR Officer Ildefonso T. Tuliva, on the other hand, encouraged the residents to grab the opportunity to apply and avail of the program of the government for the agricultural and residential free patents, through the DENR.

Residents of the four villages trooped to the Parish Hall of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Brgy. Cubay Tacas to file their respective public land applications, including applications for special patents particularly in school sites.

The DENR, after receiving the PLAs, shall conduct actual field verification as to the occupation and possession of the applicant of the subject property which shall then be processed by the DENR Deputized Public Land Investigators and Special Investigator.

The DENR CENRO Land Management Specialist shall then evaluate the completeness of requirements of the application; and, would be endorsed by the CENR Officer for approval of the PENR Officer, or the Regional Director depending on the size of the property being applied for.

Prior to the approval and affixing of the signature of the PENR Officer concerned (or the Regional Director in some cases) on the application being endorsed, a final evaluation shall be made to ensure the completeness of all the requirements.

Then, the patents shall be transmitted to the Registry of Deeds for registration of the said title.

In the duration of the patents processing, the DENR emphasizes that the applicants shall only be paying a total of P95 – P50 as application fee and P45 for the three sets of documentary stamps, at P15 each.


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