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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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DENR creates task force to fast-track land titling in Eastern Samar

October 24, 2017

October 24, 2017   BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar—Despite the decade-long Handog Titulo program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) that seeks to boost the government’s land-distribution program, almost 70 percent of land in Eastern Samar remains untitled. The absence of land titles proved to be a hindrance in rehabilitation efforts for the victims […]

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Cebu backs DENR land-titling program

July 3, 2017

In an effort to fast track the processing and issuance of land titles over alienable and disposable lands, the Cebu Provincial Government, in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), assisted the public land-titling program in Consolacion town.

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Titling of Special Patents Brochure

June 23, 2017

A Special Patent is a public instrument issued by the government to confirm ownership over a parcel of agricultural land (alienable and disposable) by law or proclamation by the President of the Philippines. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, through the Land Management Bureau, issued DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2016-21 – Guidelines Governing […]

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NDF demands free land for farmers; alarm raised

May 23, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – The Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) has expressed alarm over the Duterte administration’s alleged inclination to give in to the National Democratic Front (NDF)’s demand for free land for farmers as part of the peace talks, saying this is not a solution to poverty.

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Free land no cure for PH Rural Poverty – Economists

May 19, 2017

A group of prominent economists warned against a “populist” move to distribute free land to farmers, arguing that this will neither boost agricultural productivity nor end rural poverty.

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Senator Gordon keen on removing restrictions in the rural land market

May 16, 2017

May 12, 2017 In yesterday’s joint hearing of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights and Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, Senator Richard Gordon tackled the proposed bill to remove restrictions on agricultural free patents as provided in the 1936 Public Land Act or Commonwealth Act No. 141. These restrictions have been recognized to stunt […]

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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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Philippine Land Sector Meets Drone Technology

April 5, 2017

Last March, a group of geodetic engineers from LMB, UP, DENR Regional offices, and NAMRIA, and other drone practitioners explored the use of drone technology in land surveying through field tests in Bulacan and Cavite, and lectures and discussions in Metro Manila.

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Orientation on the Titling of Government Lands and School Sites held

March 14, 2017

The Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) held its first Orientation on DENR Administrative Order (DAO) 2016-21 or Guidelines governing the processing of requests for proclamations and issuance of special patents over agricultural lands last February 16, 2017 in Cebu City. The event aims to familiarize the participants with the new rules and regulations on the titling of government lands.

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