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DENR-NCR awards Free Patent Titles to Pasig residents
January 27, 2017
Members of the Estacio-Pagkaliniwan Neighborhood Association, Inc. (EPNAI) in Nagpayong II, Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City happily raise their copy of the individual Original Certificate of Title (OCT) of lots and Certificate of Lot Assignment (CLA) the DENR-NCR awarded to them on Friday, 27 January 2017.
A total of 14 OCTs and 60 CLAs were awarded in a simple ceremony witnessed by Pasig City Councilor Rodrigo B. Asilo, Barangay Captain Maricar A. Vivero, and Mr. Nonesio R. Rivera of the Urban Poor Affairs Office (UPAO) of the local government of Pasig City. Engr. Margie Gianan and Engr. Judith Poblete of the License, Patents and Deeds Division (LPDD) represented Regional Director Lourdes C. Wagan who was attending an important meeting at that time.
Mrs. Josephine T. Rillera, EPNAI President, expressed her gratitude for the speed with which DENR-NCR processed their application for land titles under Residential Free Patent law (Republic Act No. 10023). With the award, she said she feels more secure about her family’s future.
The law allows actual occupants of alienable residential lands (per zoning ordinance) to apply for and be awarded free patent title to the land they have been living on for at least 10 years. A free patent is the administrative process of confirming or legalizing an imperfect title, or what is more commonly known as “rights” among the urban poor. Nationwide, the law is expected to benefit about 40 million Filipinos who are living on unregistered land today.
RD Wagan ordered the LPDD and Survey and Mapping Division (SMD) to closely work together and further streamline the process of awarding free patent titles.