DENR approves special patents for over 3,000 public schools
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it has approved more than 3,000 special patents for public schools nationwide as part of its joint undertaking with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the titling of public school sites.
A statement showed that as of December 2017, the DENR has already transmitted for registration with various registers of deeds a total of 3,467 approved patents for public schools across 16 regions.
“This is a big accomplishment in land management and the public school system. It only shows that the DENR, particularly the Land Management Bureau, is actively working to secure public school sites where the education of the future generation of this country rests,” said DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu.
DENR Region 2 had the most number of special patents approved and transmitted at 450; Region 10 had 434 patents, and Region 1 had 343.
The total number of approved special patents represents the accomplishments of three memorandums of agreement (MOAs) entered into by the DENR and DepEd in 2007, 2010 and 2013 for the survey and titling of public elementary and secondary schools exclusively used for educational purposes through the issuance of special titles and presidential proclamations.
Under the three agreements, the DENR will conduct the survey, research, ground verification and preparation of maps and technical description of the schools sites identified by the DepEd.
A special patent is issued to grant, cede and convey in full ownership alienable and disposable lands owned by the government upon the declaration of a special law, act of Congress or a proclamation by the President authorizing the DENR Secretary to issue such patent.