In celebration of Handog Titulo Month, DENR National Capital Region, and the Municipality of Pateros signed on Wednesday, 23 September 2020, a Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MOPA) on public land titling.

Under the agreement, the DENR National Capital Region will help and provide technical assistance to the municipal government of Pateros enabling it to create a Land Management Office that would handle the development, administration, and management of its land resources. The municipal government, on the other hand, agrees to facilitate the public land titling programs of the regional office in Pateros which include, among others, Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal (RLTA).

RLTA is a mechanism to fast track the process and issuance of land titles, in keeping with DENR Sec. Roy A. Cimatu’s program to ensure the security of land tenure and spur economic activity from land-related transactions.

DENR-NCR Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Engr. Ignacio R. Almira, Jr. and Pateros Mayor Miguel F. Ponce III signed the MOPA which was witnessed by officials of both organizations. Engr. Almira was accompanied by Atty. Alvin Joseph G. Constantino, Chief of the Licenses, Patents, and Deeds Division (LPDD) and concurrent West Field Office (WFO) Chief Environmental Officer; Engr. Margie S. Gianan, Chief of the Patents and Deeds Section; and, Engr. Veronica Remolar, Chief of Survey and Control Section.

The DENR-LGU partnership in public land titling is according to Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2011-06 and Republic Act No. 10023 or the Residential Free Patent Act.