The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 8 approved two hundred seventy five (275) special patents for public schools regionwide from 2015-2017 as part of its joint undertaking with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the titling of public schools sites.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Southern Leyte had the most number of special patents approved and transmitted to the Registry of Deeds (ROD) at 75. PENRO Eastern Samar had 59, PENRO Leyte 48, PENRO Samar 41, and PENRO Northern Samar 31.

This accomplishment of DENR 8 in land management and the public school system forms part of the 3,476 patents for public schools nationwide approved by the DENR and transmitted to the ROD for registration as of December 2017.

The issuance of special patents is in accordance with RA 10023 or an Act Authorizing the Issuance of Free Patents to Residential Lands which provides that public land actually occupied and used for public schools may be issued special patents.

The speedy approval of special patents for school sites is due to the adoption and implementation of DENR Administrative Order 2015-01 which sets the guidelines for the processing and issuance of Special Patents for Public Schools Sites under RA 10023. This DAO has accelerated and streamlined the titling process by authorizing the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) to approve special patents.

The special patent is registered under the name of the Republic of the Philippines, the Department of Education and the school.

DENR-DepEd agreements on the issuance of special patents for public schools provides that the sites, which were identified by DepEd, have been occupied continuously by the schools for decades and have been transferred through Deeds of Donation, those located on land with valid Transfer Certificate of Titles are subject to relocation and segregation survey, and that the establishment of a firm legal basis of the ownership of the school sites by DepEd would contribute to further development and improvement of the public school system.

Under these agreements, the DENR will conduct the survey, research, ground verification and preparation of maps and technical description of the schools sites identified by the DepEd. (with reports from DENR-SCIS) ###

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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.

Scenic feature of the Cuatro Islas Protected Landscape and Seascape attract local and foreign tourists. To protect the area, the CIPLS PAMB limits its tourists to 500 per day.

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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