The importance of land titling

November 20, 2017

“A certificate of title serves as evidence of an indefeasible and incontrovertible title to the property in favor of the person whose names appears therein,” the Supreme Court held in the case of Abobon v. Abobon. “[A]nyone who deals with property registered under the Torrens system may rely on the title and need not go beyond the title.”

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103 Residential Free Patents Distributed in Agusan del Sur

April 10, 2017

103 residents of Agusan del Sur received their land titles under Republic Act No. 10023 or the Residential Free Patent (RFP) Act during the first Handog Titulo title distribution event in the Municipality of San Francisco, Agusan del Sur last March 29.

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What We Do

About half of the estimated 24 million parcels in the Philippines remain untitled.

Untitled parcels have a significant impact on Philippine development. Unsecure property rights discourage private investments which lead to lower productivity. Especially in the rural areas, people are poor not because these people have no assets but because they cannot capitalize on their assets. Absence of formal titles defining land boundaries have resulted to land issues and conflicts as well. On the part of the local government units, revenue collection from real estate taxes is not maximized. Moreover, many environmental problems arise from the lack of secure, well-defined, and enforceable property rights.

With the support of its partners, USAID, DFAT and The Asia Foundation; and in active engagement with the national government, local government units and relevant stakeholders, the Foundation for Economic Freedom works toward improving security of property rights in the Philippines through advocating for reform in policy, exploring new technologies to improve processes, and developing capacities in existing and building new institutions.

Through the implementation of its various land rights project - Property Rights for Economic Progress, Partnership for Land Rights and Governance, Technology for Property Rights and Governance - the Foundation hopes to achieve the goal of secure property rights for all.


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