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LOCAL OFFICIALS have been asked to set up an information system on land titling in line with a directive to hasten the titling of alienable and disposable lands.
Issuance of titles to alienable and disposable lands may be fast-tracked with an information system at the local level, according to a circular of the Department of Interior and Local Government. -- AFP
In Memorandum Circular 117, signed by Interior Secretary Jesse M. Robredo dated Aug. 17 and released yesterday, the Department of Interior and Local Government told local government units (LGUs) the initiative could include the creation of a Land Information Office (LIO) and Cadastral Office.
The LIO, under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) order, will be responsible for providing accurate and updated land information to support real property taxation, land transaction, resource management, development and conservation, zoning and land use, infrastructure, disaster management and business process and investments.
The Cadastral Office, meanwhile, will be in charge of safe-keeping land records, the order stated.
The establishment of such offices are “encouraged,” said Local Government Undersecretary Austere A. Panadero in a text message, but not required.
The circular was issued in line with DENR Administrative Order 06 issued in July to fast-track the issuance of titles on alienable and disposable lands.
Alienable and disposable lands, which account for nearly half of the country’s total land area, are those declared as not needed for forest purposes, according to the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority. Such lands may be transferred by mortgage or by deed.
Meanwhile, local government units could nominate a local official or employee as Deputy Public Land Inspector upon proper notification by the Regional Executive Director of the DENR, the circular said.
Local authorities could submit nominees and their corresponding qualifications for land inspectors through the community or provincial environment and natural resources officers, the order further read.
Officials of the League of Cities of the Philippines and League of Provinces of the Philippines were not immediately available for comment. -- ASOA