The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Borongan partnered with the Land Registration Authority (LRA) in Eastern Samar for the distribution of six hundred fifty one (651) agricultural free patents or certificates of land titles to qualified beneficiaries in Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

“Individuals who have been cultivating their lands for years deserve rightful ownership over their property”, says DENR Regional Executive Director Tirso P. Parian, Jr.

“This is why the government has been awarding agricultural free patents or land titles to natural-born Filipino citizens who have occupied and cultivated alienable and disposable lands that are not more than 12 hectares for at least 30 years. Provided, they have paid their real property tax”, RED Parian adds.

He however, explained that the filing of application for agricultural free patents has already ended on December 31, 2020 by virtue of Republic Act 9176, otherwise known as the Public Land Act, adding that that the processing of applications filed prior to this date continues this year.

The individuals who recently received their land titles were mostly farmers who have filed their application to avail of the government’s agricultural free patent program before the December 31, 2020 deadline.