13497752 1757202317825790 1487449797801507715 oHandog Titulo beneficiaries from the municipalities of Lavesarez, Bobon, Mondragon, Gamay, and Mapanas in Northern Samar received their Free Patent Titles for agricultural purposes through DENR’s Handog Titulo Program.

Two hundred eighteen (218) Free Patent Titles covering an area of 182.60 hectares were distributed to qualified beneficiaries in a simple ceremony held at the Northern Samar Provincial Capitol. The event was spearheaded by DENR’s Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Northern Samar in cooperation with the Registry of Deeds (ROD) and the local government units (LGUs) of the province.

In his message, DENR Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca advised all beneficiaries of the Handog Titulo Program to take care of their land titles. "You may now use it as collateral for loans to start a business or for other important needs. Your title shall also secure ownership over your land. Take good care of it to avoid serious legal problems while reconstituting lost or damaged titles", he said.

Congressman Emil Ong who was present during the event lauded the Handog Titulo Program of the DENR saying, "land titles are the best legacy the beneficiaries can give their loved ones. We thank the DENR and all agencies concerned for this effort."

Mrs. Restituta Vistan, 61 years old, recipient of a Free Patent title said she is grateful and proud that finally she is holding a proof of ownership of the land where her family’s livelihood activities are based. "I've been longing for this title for so long. It's finally here, and I got it for free", she said.

DENR’s Handog Titulo program is aimed to expedite the processing and issuance of public land patents to qualified beneficiaries. It is being implemented consistent with the goals of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) which is to improve the lives of farmers and their families especially those living in the countryside.

The Handog Titulo in Northern Samar was conducted in line with the celebration of the Environment Month and the province’s 51st Founding Anniversary.

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Area Development, Subsidiarity and Federalism

Manila Times  article by philip camaraby USEC PHILIP CAMARA

(Published in The Manila Times, 05 January 2017)

http://www.manilatimes.net/AREA-DEVELOPMENT-SUBSIDIARITY-FEDERALISM/305243/



TIMES  of  crisis  are  windows  for  great  opportunity.  That  is  an  old Chinese  saying.  But  in  these  troubling  times  (for  many),  what opportunities  indeed  lie  ahead?  There  are  quite  a  few  and the promising thing is they seem to be opportunities that would open up given  current  trajectories  or  the  way  things  are  unfolding.  Indeed, 2017 may be the year that developmental change finally proceeds.

The world is shifting away from the international policies of recent decades that, while they have created well-being for unprecedented billions of people, have likewise resulted in great tensions.  Not  just tensions  between  peoples  but  tensions  between  people  and  their environment  and  even  tensions  inside  people due  to  an  identity  overly  linked  to consumerism  rather  than  their  inherent truths;  consumerism  that  threatens  the  very sustainability of Mother Earth.

One  such  opportunity  is  the  re-emergence  within  government  of  the  area  development paradigm or development framework under Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina  Lopez.  While Sixto  K.  Roxas  was  its  initial  advocate  in  the  late  1960s  it  had unfortunately  been  bastardized  in  several big  government  projects  that  went  puff!  (just  as the autonomous regional experience is going  puff!) due to  wrongful implementation, which in turn was due to a misunderstanding of what area, development is basically about.

With  Secretary  Gina  at  the  helm  of  a  major  government  department  that  has  a  direct  and meaningful role in national development, the area development paradigm is set to take off and  this  time under  the  leadership  of  a  capable  and  knowledgeable  environment  and natural  resources  secretary.  For  one, Secretary  Gina  has  been  a  practitioner  of  area development approaching the various undertakings of the ABS-CBN Foundation in Palawan and other provinces wherein the local people were the implementers and the beneficiaries of the eco-tourism projects that simply highlighted the potential of their area (thus the term area development).

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