75 residents in Metro Manila awarded with land titles
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said a total of 75 residents from Metro Manila were awarded ownership over the land they occupied for several years through the agency’s “Handog Titulo” program.
The beneficiaries received their land titles during the celebration of the 31st founding anniversary of the DENR held last Wednesday at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City.
President Rodrigo Duterte, who was guest of honor at the DENR anniversary rites, handed over the titles to the beneficiaries, who came from the municipality of Pateros and the cities of Taguig, Makati, Parañaque and Valenzuela.
DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the beneficiaries acquired their land titles through Republic Act 10023 or the Residential Free Patent Act of 2010 and Proclamation 172, which declared certain barangays in Taguig City open for disposition.
Cimatu assured that the DENR would continue to promote social justice and poverty alleviation through the processing and distribution of free patents for residential lands.
The Handog Titulo program seeks to expedite the processing and issuance of public land patents to qualified beneficiaries. It is an initiative to boost the distribution of land titles to fight poverty, and fuel progress and development.
Under the program, free patent is made available to Filipinos who occupied a residential land for at least 10 years provided the land applied for is alienable and disposable.