"Be responsible, make your land productive!" - Gerochi


Beneficiaries eagerly read the full text of their respective land titles after receiving it. They never mind the heat of the mid-day sun as their joy of finally holding their title is boundless from this moment on.


Grateful beneficiaries had a photo-ops (left) with the DENR officials and Gov. Cadiao. On the presidential table were (from left) Antique PENRO Ruel de los Reyes, ARD for Technical Services Jesse L. Vego, USEC for Policy and Planning Manuel D. Gerochi, Antique Gov. Rhodora J. Cadiao, Antique Vice Gov. Edgar D. Denosta and OIC, Registrar of Deeds Jose Leo S. Casibual


There is indeed a time for everything. The time to hold in their hands their most desired land titles have finally come to the One Thousand Twenty Three (1,023) Antiqueños on July 29, 2015.

They come from the province’ 12 municipalities and flocked to the Provincial Capitol Grounds. Despite advancing age, Antiqueños from Libertad numbering to 237; from Pandan, 76; from Sebaste, 26; from Tibiao, 143; from Barbaza, 41; from Laua-an, 164; from Valderrama, 74; from Bugasong, 46; from Patnongon, 116; from San Remegio, 7; from Hamtic, 16; and from Anini-y, 77, eagerly waited hours before the title distribution through DENR’s Handog Titulo Program.

More than a thousand free patents – residential and agricultural – were distributed in one day. Nothing can seem to describe the joy written all over the faces of the beneficiaries. They may have waited a lifetime, and for most of them, it truly was worth the wait.

No less than DENR Undersecretary for Policy and Planning Manuel D. Gerochi, who also had a stint as Bureau of Lands Director, graced the event and led the title distribution along with Antique Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao.

In his message to the beneficiaries, USEC Gerochi encouraged them to make their land productive lest they wanted to maximize its full potentials and live better lives than before they own a title.


“With your ownership comes your obligation to make it (land) productive. It can be your source of livelihood or source of capital as long as you maximize the use of your land to make your life better,” USEC Gerochi said.


                Governor Cadiao was also elated with this present development. Beaming with pride for her people and feelings of gratefulness, she thanked DENR for helping Antiqueños realized their dreams of owning a title.


“This is a concerted effort among the DENR, the provincial government of Antique and the local chief executives of the identified municipalities. This is now the fruit of our hard work and because the LGUs have given their strong cooperation to comply with all the necessary requirements, we were able to realize this big thing for the province,” said PENRO De Los Reyes.


It is certainly the desire of the Aquino administration to deliver full ownership of land titles to the rightful beneficiaries, disclosed DENR 6 Regional Director Jim O Sampulna.


In a span of five years, the DENR Antique was able to distribute 4,866 Agricultural Free Patents and 3,038 Residential Free Patents in the province.


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