During the distribution of Free Patents, the CENR Officer of CENRO San Juan, Joejol Cuizon enjoined the beneficiaries to protect their land titles and make their lands productive. Addressing the recipients he said, “your land title serves as your security of tenure. Plant, produce, enrich your land and experience a better living”.

Mrs. Luz Barba, 84, from Lilo-an, expressed appreciation for holding the Handog Titulo activity saying her family has been cultivating the land for many years without any proof of ownership. “It’s only now that I can really be proud and claim the land as my own”, she says.

Section 45, Chapter VII of Commonwealth Act 141, amended by Republic Act 6940 and further amended by R.A. 9176 authorizes the issuance of Free Patents to natural born Filipino citizens who do not own more than twelve (12) hectares of agricultural land, and has continuously occupied or cultivated the subject property either by himself or through his predecessors-in-interest for at least 30 years prior to the effectivity of the amendatory act, and have paid the real property tax thereon.

The requirements for titling of Free Patent includes a duly accomplished Application Form, Affidavit of Applicant, Fifty pesos (P50.00) Application Fee, Documentary stamps on all legal documents, Affidavit of Landholding, Joint Affidavit of Two Disinterested Person, Notice of Application, Posting (Issued by the Barangay Captain where the property is located), Tax Declaration, and Transfer of Rights or Deed of Sale if the property was bought or Deed of Donation or Waiver of Rights if the property was acquired from relatives. These should be filed with the DENR Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) which has jurisdiction over the land.

The Handog Titulo in Lilo-an was conducted as a culminating activity for this year’s Women’s Month celebration.

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DENR spearheads tree planting in celebration of Philippine Arbor Day

ArborDayThe Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in region 8 highlights the celebration of this year’s Philippine Arbor Day by spearheading a tree planting activity at Brgy. Salvacion, Palo, Leyte.


The event was participated by over two hundred (200) volunteers from the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Education (DepEd), local government unit of Palo, barangay local government unit of Salvacion, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Tacloban Chapter, Pepsi Cola, Office of Leyte 1st District Representative Yedda Romualdez, DENR regional office, CENRO Palo, PENRO Leyte, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB). Read more...

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DENR Secretary Gina Lopez leads employees of DENR region 8 in an oath to take care of the environment and be better stewards of the earth. Employees also committed to work for integrity, public service, and common good. The oath of commitment was made by the employees during the visit of Secretary Lopez to DENR regional office on January 16, 2016.

DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca presents the region’s central nursery and the 12-hectare Leyte Gulf Mangrove Rehabilitation Project site at Brgy. Anibong, Tacloban City to Green Climate Fund (GCF) Director Javier Manazares (seated, 3rd from left) and Demetrio Innocenti (seated, 4th from left). The project implemented in 2014 in the hardest hit provinces of Leyte, Samar, and Eastern Samar by Typhoon Yolanda envisions to restore the lush mangroves in said areas, emphasizing on the crucial role these mangroves play in protecting the coastline, preventing coastal erosion, serving as buffer for tidal currents and storm driven waves, and mitigating the unavoidable impacts of climate change. GCF visited the area for an ocular inspection in response to the request of Secretary Lopez for financial assistance in support to the department’s programs and projects on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Also in photo are (seated L-R) ERDB Director Henry Adornado, ASec Junie Hernandez, Assistant Secretary Evelyn Cruzada of the Performance and Projects Management Office, office of the Cabinet Secretary.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in region 8 recognizes the important role played by indigenous communities in the protection and preservation of the region’s protected areas. In photo is the Mamanwa Indigenous Community in Burauen, Leyte joining this year’s Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park Outdoor Festival held on February 3, coinciding with the declaration of MVNP as a protected area under the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act. The event intends to showcase the natural park as a home to various species of flora and fauna including the Philippine Eagle, and promote the preservation of the rich biodiversity in the area. 

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