Handog 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.
Area Development, Subsidiarity and Federalism
by USEC PHILIP CAMARA
(Published in The Manila Times, 05 January 2017)
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).Read more...
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