Eas­ier land ti­tling to hog DENR’s 1st land sum­mit

Manila Times - - NEWS - NEIL A. ALCOBER

EN­VI­RON­MENT Sec­re­tary Roy Ci­matu has ex­pressed hope that the Na­tional Land Sum­mit to be held this month will help ad­dress un­cer­tainty, com­plex­ity and other prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with land own­er­ship, with con­cerned gov­ern­ment agen­cies work­ing to­gether to make land ti­tling eas­ier and faster.

“Land ti­tling is an is­sue that has hounded our coun­try’s land sec­tor for the long­est time be­cause of the num­ber of agen­cies in­volved in the land ti­tling process,” Ci­matu said over the week­end.

“We hope to solve this and cre­ate syn­ergy among the con­cerned of­fices to make land ti­tling faster and eas­ier,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing to the chief of the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources ( DENR), im­proved land ad­min­is­tra­tion and man­age­ment is one of the ma­jor pro­grams of the depart­ment for 2018.

“This first- ever land sum­mit sig­ni­fies our strong com­mit­ment to im­ple­ment this pro­gram and bring it to fruition,” Ci­matu said.

The DENR will hold the first- ever Na­tional Land Sum­mit this month to also dis­cuss is­sues and ini­tia­tives of the land sec­tor, and cre­ate valu­able part­ner­ships to en­sure syn­ergy and co­op­er­a­tion among the land man­age­ment and ti­tling agen­cies in the coun­try.

Over 400 par­tic­i­pants from var­i­ous gov­ern­ment agen­cies, the busi­ness sec­tor, civil so­ci­ety and other stake­hold­ers will gather at the Manila Ho­tel on Jan­uary 16- 17 for the sum­mit, with the theme “Forging Stronger Al­liances and Bridging Net­works.”

The coun­try’s other three main ti­tling agen­cies— Depart­ment of Agrar­ian Re­form ( DAR), Land Registration Author­ity ( LRA) and Na­tional Com­mis­sion on In­dige­nous Peo­ples ( NCIP)— will also join the two- day con­fer­ence.

So­cial jus­tice in land ti­tling is also among the five pri­or­ity pro­grams that shall be adopted by the Pro­gram for En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources for Restora­tion, Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and De­vel­op­ment to ad­dress en­vi­ron­ment and nat­u­ral re­sources is­sues.

Ci­matu said the event is pur­suant to Am­bisyon Natin 2040, which rep­re­sents the col­lec­tive long- term vi­sion and as­pi­ra­tions of Filipinos for them­selves and for the coun­try in the next 25 years, in­clud­ing own­ing a medium- sized house in a lot reg­is­tered un­der their names.

He said the gov­ern­ment aims to achieve this by pro­vid­ing ten­ure se­cu­rity through land own­er­ship and for­mal ti­tles.

The land sum­mit sup­ports Agenda No. 6 of the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion’s 10- point so­cioe­co­nomic plan, which aims to “en­sure se­cu­rity of land ten­ure to en­cour­age in­vest­ments and ad­dress bot­tle­necks in land man­age­ment and ti­tling agen­cies.”

“Se­cu­rity of ten­ure is sa­cred for ev­ery Filipino and only a land ti­tle will seal own­er­ship of it whether it is for per­sonal or busi­ness use. The DENR is hit­ting hard on its goal to le­git­imize land own­er­ship,” Ci­matu pointed out.

Day 1 of the sum­mit will high­light the im­por­tance of land ti­tling in so­cioe­co­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

Ple­nary ses­sions will be led by So­cioe­co­nomic Plan­ning Sec­re­tary Ernesto Per­nia, who will dis­cuss the role of land ten­ure se­cu­rity in ad­dress­ing so­cioe­co­nomic agenda.

Other speak­ers in­clude Ian Lloyd from Land Gov­er­nance In­no­va­tions, who will dis­cuss the best prac­tices in land ad­min­is­tra­tion sys­tem, and Pres­i­den­tial Ad­viser on Leg­isla­tive Af­fairs Adelino Si­toy, who will speak about leg­isla­tive re­form agenda on land ad­min­is­tra­tion and man­age­ment.

There will also be pre­sen­ta­tions by the Hous­ing and Land Use Reg­u­la­tory Board, the Cli­mate Change Com­mis­sion on public land man­age­ment; the NCIP, Land Man­age­ment Bureau ( LMB) and Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Co­or­di­nat­ing Coun­cil on land own­er­ship and land ten­ure; and the Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try, Bureau of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Fi­nance and Foun­da­tion for Eco­nomic Free­dom on the so­cioe­co­nomic agenda.

The LMB is a staff bureau of the DENR re­spon­si­ble for the ad­min­is­tra­tion, sur­vey, man­age­ment and dis­po­si­tion of alien­able and dis­pos­able lands and other public lands not placed un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of other gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

Day 2 will see dis­cus­sions on land gov­er­nance in­no­va­tion and land in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment and se­cu­rity by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing, the United Na­tions Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion, the UN Habi­tat, LMB, LRA and the Na­tional Map­ping and Re­source In­for­ma­tion Author­ity.

At the end of the sum­mit, the par­tic­i­pants are ex­pected to present a Dec­la­ra­tion of Com­mit­ment to ad­dress bot­tle­necks in land ad­min­is­tra­tion and man­age­ment to Ci­matu, who will for­ward the same to President Ro­drigo Duterte.

In sup­port of the gov­ern­ment ef­forts to pro­mote so­cial eq­uity, the DENR’s re­gional of­fices are tasked to dis­trib­ute public agri­cul­tural lands to those in the ru­ral ar­eas and to take charge of the pro­cess­ing of agri­cul­tural and res­i­den­tial free patent ap­pli­ca­tions.

Last year, the DENR launched the Land Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Man­age­ment Sys­tem- Philip­pines or LAMS, which aims to speed up the pro­cess­ing and de­liv­ery of land- re­lated ser­vices in the coun­try and pro­mote trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity and in­tegrity in the man­age­ment of land records.

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