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PENRO Leyte yields most number of patent issuances under LAMP in 2007

PIA Press Release
2008/07/26

Tacloban City (July 26) -- The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Leyte yielded the most number of Patent issuances as a result of the Land Administration and Management Program (LAMP) implementation in the province in the year 2007.

Under the LAMP, no less than 7,806 Free Patents were issued covering an area of 4,684 hectares in different Leyte towns in Calendar Year 2007, but PENRO Leyte continues its unceasing efforts to facilitate the issuance of the same to the rightful owners.

DENR's Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer for Leyte, Hernani de los Reyes informed that under LAMP I, the titling services has been implemented in selected six municipalities in Leyte.

Now under LAMP 2, the titling services have been extended to the entire province of Leyte, PENRO de los Reyes said, even as he thanked the Provincial Government of Leyte through Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla and the Local Government Executives for their support to the Project.

PENRO delos Reyes also thanked the financial and technical support of the World Bank and the Australian Agency for International Development which was represented during the launching program by Technical Adviser, Team Leader Ian Lloyd.

Consistent with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's poverty reduction program, constituents from the three municipalities of Hilongos, Hindang and Matalom all in Leyte can now avail of the titling services of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 8 under Phase 2 of its Land Administration and Management Project implementation, Ms. Purificacion Daloos, DENR Public Affairs Officer informed.

A grand launching for this titling service was recently conducted with a motorcade around the three municipalities and a program which was held at the Hilongos Municipal Gymnasium.

During the launching, DENR 8's Regional Technical Director Ramon S. Unay of the Land Management Service exhorted the constituents to take advantage of the presence of the base camps in their respective municipalities.

These base camps will be transferred to other municipalities after six months to one year operation depending on the availability of potential lots for titling, RTD Unay said.

"We have also to extend the same services to the other municipalities. This is actually bringing the titling services of the DENR closer to the people, so you should visit these Base Camps and file your title applications starting now," RTD Unay said.

Hon. SB Member Armando Pulache who represented Hilongos Mayor Panfilo Go, lauded the titling program of the DENR-LAMP 2, saying that the Project is a great help to the constituents. A lot of money, time and effort will be saved because they will no longer go to a far DENR office to apply and acquire land title, he said.

Under LAMP Phase 2, three (3) base camps were established in each of the three municipalities in Matalom, Hilongos and Hindang. The Matalom Base Camp is headed by Ms. Eva Pasagui; Hilongos Base Camp is headed by Ms. Marilou Abocot; and the Hindang Base Camp is headed by Ms. Grace Grovoso.

Participants to the launching activity included the barangay and municipal officials as well as the police and traffic enforcers of the 3 municipalities, Visayas State University in Baybay, members of the media, PENRO Leyte and CENRO Baybay personnel as well as the work force of the three Base Camps under LAMP 2.

The mayors of the three municipalities as well as the office of Congresswoman Carmen L. Cari who sent in their representatives pledged support and cooperation to the titling services.

Meanwhile, DENR 8 Regional Executive Director Alfredo S. Pascual is encouraging all qualified land occupants in the region to avail of its land titling services.

"Having titles to your land will not only provide you lifetime tenure security over you parcels of land, but also give you peace of mind and so you can focus on making your land productive because you will no longer have the fear that your land will be taken away from you," RED Pascual underscored. (PIA 8)

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