DENR awards land titles
 July 4, 2018
Seventy five (75) families are now the proud owners of the lands they have long lived in, thanks to the Handog Titulo program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
They received their public land patents on Wednesday, 4 July 2018, from no less than President Rodrigo R. Duterte himself during the 31st Founding Anniversary celebration of DENR at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC) in Diliman, Quezon City. Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, who also happened to be celebrating his birthday that day, assisted the President in the distributing the land titles.
Handog Titulo is one of the flagship programs of DENR aimed at expediting the process of approval and issuance of public land patents to qualified beneficiaries.
The program is anchored on two land distribution policies of the government: Republic Act No. 10023 and Proclamation No. 172.
RA 10023, also known as the Residential Free Patent Act of 2010, is a law which authorizes DENR to administratively process and issue free patents or titles. To qualify for the award, applicants must have occupied the lot subject of their petition for at least 10 years and have no pending land registration court cases. The lot, moreover, must be classified as residential by the local government concerned through a zoning ordinance.
Proc. 172, on the other hand, allows for the disposition of land in certain barangays of Taguig City to qualified beneficiaries through sale.
Of the 75 newly issued titles, 50 were processed by DENR National Capital Region, the rest by the Land Management Bureau (LMB).
DENR National Capital Region Director Jacqueline A. Caancan said that more patents will be awarded this year to qualified beneficiaries. “We are continuously finding ways to further shorten the processing time of free patent applications and improve our service delivery to Metro Manila residents”, she added.