“That land is yours to keep, we hope it will remain in your family forever”, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 8 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable says addressing two hundred fifty nine (259) beneficiaries of the government’s Handog Titulo Program in San Jorge, Samar.

Free patent beneficiaries from the municipalities of San Jorge, Gandara, Pagsanghan, Sta. Margarita and Tarangnan in Samar availed of the free titling services offered by the DENR, Registry of Deeds (ROD) and the LGUs. One of the beneficiaries who was really ecstatic in receiving her land title was Macaria D. Alcantara, a 93 year old resident of Brgy. Erenas, San Jorge, Samar. She says, “now I can really say that this land planted with gmelina, coconut and some rice paddies is truly mine and my children are now assured of a land to till and nourish”.

 DSC9058RD Adorable challenged the beneficiaries to make their land productive and stressed the responsibility of the title holders to pay real property tax in order for the government to sustain provision of services for the people. He also encouraged the beneficiaries to help in disseminating information about the free titling program of the government which aims to reduce poverty and increase productivity of the people.

 

Congressman Edgar Mary S. Sarmiento of the 1stDistrict of Samar who graced the patent distribution also made a commitment to provide services that will increase the productivity of their agricultural land as well as favorable market condition for their products.

 

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.

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DENR 8 Regional Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo accepts the Chairmanship of Eastern Visayas’ Regional Ecotourism Committee (REC) for a three-year term from the Department of Tourism represented by its Officer-In-Charge, Ma. Trinidad Dacuycuy.

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Some of the retired key officials and employees of DENR pose for a picture with DENR Regional Director, Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo.

DENR 8 Regional Director Crizaldy M. Barcelo (L) presents Certificates of Recognition to partners in law enforcement for their invaluable support and contributions to environmental law enforcement operations in Eastern Visayas.

Ms. Melba Ariño (center), Land Management Officer of DENR CENRO Pambujan receives award for extending invaluable assistance to the programs of 8ID PA from DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu and Maj. Gen. Raul Farnacio, Commander, 8ID.

Tacloban City communities join this year’s #InternationalCoastalCleanUp activities. DENR Region 8, together with other government agencies and private institutions joined hands in cleaning up the coastal areas and waterways within the city.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu recently visited the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Samar in Catbalogan City. During his interface with DENR employees in Samar province, Secretary Cimatu laid his plans to help reduce poverty. Among these are increasing livelihood opportunities through the Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP), reinventing mining to ensure that the country’s mineral resources will benefit the people without compromising the environment, and promoting cacao commodity to augment the livelihood of NGP PO beneficiaries in Samar.

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