DENR 6 distributes land titles, conducts People's Day in Oton

GRATEFUL LAND OWNERS. Land title beneficiaries from Oton, Tubungan and Btac. Nuevo gladly received their much-awaited land titles. The DENR 6–PENRO Iloilo in cooperation with the Local Government Unit of Oton distributed land titles during the conduct of People’s Day on December 19, 2016.  Right photo shows USec Noel Felongco congratulates an old beneficiary before giving the land title. Right photo from left: Oton Vice Mayor Vincent Flores, USec Felongo, DENR 6 Regional Director Jim O Sampulna, Iloilo PENR Officer Raul L. Lorilla (partly hidden), Guimbal CENR Officer Salvador Manglinong, Jr.

            Owning a piece of land gives one peace of mind.

A total of one hundred fourteen (114) land titles were recently distributed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through its Iloilo Provincial ENR Office among the beneficiaries coming from the towns of Oton, Tubungan and Btac. Nuevo.  

DENR Undersecretary Noel Felongco told the beneficiaries that a land title is a precious asset. In Mindanao where he came from, he witnessed firsthand how land has been a source of many conflicts. “War in Mindanao is about land conflicts,” he said.

USec Felongco also said that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte promised genuine change for our country during the campaign period and that his five main thrusts are: war on drugs, war on criminalities, war on corruption, war on poverty and campaign for federalism.

“We can focus on his thrust against poverty with this giving of land titles. This is an opportune time for us to see the program of President Duterte on how to fight poverty. One of the policies of the president is giving what is due for our people, and one of these is the giving of land titles to many of our poor people who have occupied the land,” Felongco said.

Out of the 114 land titles distributed by DENR–PENRO Iloilo, ninety eight (98) were residential free patents while sixteen (16) were agricultural land patents. The distribution of land titles was made possible through the conduct of People’s Day with the theme: Panagtag Titulo, Gugma sang Gobyerno Lokal sang Oton kag DENR para sa Ogtonganon. The activity was held on December 19, 2016 with the collaboration between DENR-PENRO Iloilo and LGU-Oton.

“Take good care of your land titles. Do not sell it to anyone for this is the inheritance you will pass on to the next generation of your families. Now, no one not even a mayor, could evict you from the land you are in possession of,” Mayor Carina Flores told the beneficiaries.

USec Felongco also highlighted the fact that the beneficiaries can thank DENR Secretary Gina Lopez for their land titles. “This is her advocacy – to give security of tenure to the people so that we can attain peace and with peace, we can thereby introduce development and progress for the country,” he said.

“The giving of land title is one of the priority programs of the government and the mandate to fast track it falls on our shoulders. Rightful land claimants can start the process of applying for a land title at their respective Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO),” said DENR 6 Regional Director Jim O Sampulna.

 

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Press Statement of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu

 

 

I am pleased, honored and humbled by the vote of the Commission on Appointments confirming my nomination. I am excited about this opportunity to continue serving the public as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The challenge for me now is to prove that President Rodrigo Duterte and the honorable members of the CA have made the right decision in placing their trust and confidence in my abilities to lead the DENR towards fulfilling the broad mandate entrusted to it.

The confirmation of my ad interim appointment as DENR Secretary will allow me to continue to institute reforms, and pursue programs and projects that would truly protect the environment and improve people's lives. This gives me enough inspiration to carry out the seemingly gargantuan tasks of protecting the environment and ensuring sustainable use of the country's rich natural resources in the face of climate change and dwindling natural wealth of the nation.

Rest assured that under my watch, the DENR will push for people-centered agenda in pursuit of environmental protection and sustainable development. It is high time that every Filipino, regardless of status in life, should have equal access to the benefits of clean environment and sustainable natural resources. ### 

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