Friday, November 12, 2010

Camiguin PENRO to hold processing of free patent applications for residential lands

THE Provincial Environment Office (PENRO) of Camiguin through the Land Management Services announced it will now accept applications for free patent covering residential lands.

There will be a mass acceptance of applications on November 24-25, 2010, Wednesday and Thursday at Mahinog municipal gym starting at 9:00 am.

This was learned from Rey O. Balbutin, OIC Chief, Land Management Service, PENRO Camiguin.

The processing and issuance of free patents to zoned residential lands comes with the passage of Republic Act No. 10023, otherwise known as the New Free Patent Act on Residential Land.

Under the new law, any Filipino citizen who is an actual occupant of a residential land for at least 10 years may apply for a free patent title with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), which is mandated to process the application within 120 days.

The new Residential Free Patent Act supplements the Public Land Act of 1936 which covers the issuance of free patents to agricultural lands only.

The new law ensures security of tenure to occupants of untitled residential lands who will now be able to have the land they occupy titled in their own names.

Considered a landmark legislation, the new law simplifies processing of applications with less requirements and shorter administrative proceedings.

It will provide economic stimulus to the land market and thus contribute to the over-all economy.

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