House pushes for speedy land regis­tra­tion

Sun.Star Baguio - - THE NATION -

MANILA -- The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has ap­proved on sec­ond read­ing a pro­posal aimed at re­duc­ing red tape by ra­tio­nal­iz­ing the re­quire­ments im­posed by the Depart­ment of Agrar­ian Re­form (DAR) re­gard­ing land regis­tra­tion.

The Lower House ap­proved House Bill 6589, which seeks to fa­cil­i­tate speedy and ef­fi­cient trans­ac­tions in land regis­tra­tion.

The bill man­dates that clear­ance or per­mits from the DAR for reg­is­ter­ing land shall only ap­ply to those lands that are cov­ered by the Com­pre­hen­sive Agrar­ian Re­form Pro­gram (CARP).

Speaker Pan­ta­leon Al­varez, prin­ci­pal au­thor of the bill, said he pro­posed to ra­tio­nal­ize the process to elim­i­nate the un­nec­es­sary red tape that pro­longs pub­lic pro­cesses and serves as po­ten­tial ar­eas for cor­rup­tion.

“One such area ex­ists in the realm of land regis­tra­tion wherein the DAR, which rea­son­ably should be the clear­ing house be­fore land cov­ered by the CARP could be reg­is­tered, also serves, un­nec­es­sar­ily, as the clear­ing house for the regis­tra­tion of lands which are not cov­ered by the CARP,” Al­varez said.

Un­der the bill, DAR’s clear­ance or ap­proval per­mits shall no longer be re­quired for the regis­tra­tion of lands not cov­ered by the CARP, as well as lands with a size below the five-hectare re­ten­tion limit.

The bill, how­ever, re­quires the sub­mis­sion of a Cer­tifi­cate or Or­der of Ex­clu­sion is­sued by the DAR as proof that the land is ex­cluded from the CARP’s cov­er­age.

It also re­quires the pre­sen­ta­tion of an af­fi­davit of ag­gre­gate to­tal agri­cul­tural lands by both the trans­feror and the trans­feree in case of lands with a size below the five-hectare re­ten­tion limit.

The bill pro­vides that any pub­lic of­fi­cer or em­ployee who vi­o­lates the pro­posed law shall be dis­missed from of­fice and suf­fer per­pet­ual, ab­so­lute dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion with­out prej­u­dice to other crim­i­nal, civil, or ad­min­is­tra­tive penal­ties pro­vided by law. (PNA)

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