The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 9, in coordination with the Registry of Deeds and different Local Government Units, was able to award 359 land titles to beneficiaries in different parts of Zamboanga Peninsula under its Handog Titulo Program for the month of September, this year in celebration of the Lands Anniversary.
The Handog Titulo Program is in line with the Agency’s mandate to administer, manage and dispose public lands in favor of qualified beneficiaries in accordance with R.A. No. 10093 or the Residential Free Patent Act of 2010. The Program aims to boost the distribution of land titles to combat poverty and foster progress and development.
There are a total of 5 CENROs who conducted the Handog Titulo Program, equaling to a sum of 359 land titles given to qualified beneficiaries in different parts of Zamboanga Peninsula.
In CENRO Zamboanga City, there are were 186 land titles awarded which consist of 90 Agricultural Patents and 96 Residential Patents. The awarding ceremony at Barangay Tolosa was graced by Vice Mayor Atty. Rommel Agan representing Mayor Ma. Isabel Climaco, Registery of Deeds Jayvee Baginda, PENRO Dante Oporto, CENRO Pilarito Montebon, City Assesor Erwin Bernardo, Tolosa Barangay Chairman Joseph Lazareno, beneficiaries and residents of the said barangay.
For CENRO Piňan in Zamboanga del Norte, a total of 120 land titles were given, 53 of which are from Barangay Tamion, 66 from Barangay Owaon and 1 special patent for Tamion Elementary School. The event was attended by Mr. Edwin Ortizuela representing RED Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez, Deputy CENRO Romeo C. Tala representing CENRO Jose Mario E. Reyes, PENRO Salahuddin A. Kaing, Registry of Deeds Allan M. Carpio, Atty. Dug Christoper Mah representing Mayor Rosalina G. Jalosjos, beneficiaries and residents of Piňan.
In CENRO Kabasalan 50 land titles were granted to land owners from the municipalities of Tungawan, R.T. Lim, Ipil, Titay, and Naga.
Two land titles were given BY CENRO Ramon Magsaysay and 1 land title from CENRO Guipos during the National Government Agencies Day in celebration of the 67th Araw Ng Zamboanga del Sur last Sept. 14. Present in the event were ZDS Governor Victor Yu, PENRO Ben Acana, CENRO Adelaida Borja and CENRO Christopher Babaran.
DENR is encouraging those who still do not have land titles to visit their nearest CENROs to apply. The office provides free land survey services to qualified applicants.