By Mar Supnad
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently awarded 1,685 land titles or patents to Central Luzon farmers and residents.
DENR Central Luzon Regional Director Paquito Moreno Jr said that 189 land titles covering 141 hectares of public lands were distributed to marginalized farmers in the region.
“These agricultural land titles or patents issued to farmers aim to spur economic development in the region’s agrarian sector following the reinforcement of Agricultural Free Patent Reform Act of 2017,” he explained.
Moreover, 1,248 of the distributed land titles covering 29 hectares of public lands were awarded to Central Luzon residents.
“The issuance of residential free patents was part of the land disposition program of the government by virtue of Republic Act 10023 otherwise known as Residential Free Patent Act,” Moreno explained.
Apart from the agricultural and residential patents, DENR likewise issued 230 miscellaneous patents for commercial and industrial purposes covering about four hectares of lands while another 18 special patents covering more than three hectares of lands were awarded to public schools and local government units as well as for quasi-public use.
DENR is set to distribute another 2,000 agricultural and residential land titles covering at least 100 hectares of public lands to landless farmers in the region until December this year.
This initiative of the agency supports the socio-economic agenda of the Duterte administration of ensuring security of land tenure to encourage investments and address bottlenecks in land management and titling agencies.