The Province of Cebu facilitated the first Barangay Assembly for the Cebu LGU-DENR Public Land Titling Program at Brgy. Tigbawan, Tabuelan last July 28.
Fourteen of 22 potential agricultural lots were applied during the said assembly spearheaded by the Land Management Office (LMO) of Tabuelan.
“Nalipay mi na tungod ani na programa, mas napadali, mas napaduol ang pagpatitulo sa yuta sa amo pang mga apuhan,” expressed one of the applicants.
“Barato raman diay ang bayad sa registration. Ang amo nalang ani unta matabangan mi sa bayrunon sa BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue),” another added.
Registration fee costs P50 only.
Representative from DENR Licensing Patents and Deeds Office emphasized that taxes are our obligations and are non-negotiable. However, she cleared that there is no need for Certificate Authorizing Registration from BIR for original title but for only for subsequent titling.
The Provincial Cadastral Council (PCC) of Cebu, during the Cebu LGU-DENR Assessment Workshop last July 13, 2016, expressed its excitement for Tabuelan for being the first municipality to schedule a barangay assembly.
LMO Tabuelan Shalini Gerona said that she would have not come to this stage without the support from the local government of Tabuelan and Brgy. Tigbawan.
LMO will still be accepting applications in their office at Tabuelan Municipal Hall.
On the other hand, the PCC will be intensifying its Information, Education and Communication campaign on Public Land Titling down to the barangay level to ensure full support to the program from different stakeholders.
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office head Ahmad Clay Escolar divulged that the PCC will be proposing financial assistance for the program to willing and cooperative LGUs.
Public Land Titling is a joint program of the DENR and the LGUs with the aim to facilitate the titling of Alienable and Disposable lands and in turn, secure land ownership.
PENRO Correspondent: Timi-Lou Q. Manalili