SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — Local government units (LGUs) in Central Luzon, including six in Zambales, will take the lead in the government’s land titling program after they forged a Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MoPA) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Francisco Milla, Jr., regional director of DENR, said that under the agreement, municipal assessors and planning officers, and staff from the environment or other offices may be deputized as Public Land Investigators after undergoing intensive training.
“Local government played a vital role in contributing to the effective development, administration and management of the country’s land resources, hence this partnership agreement,” Milla said.
He said the LGUs will expedite land titling activities and have committed to integrate land administration in the LGU activities to fast track the processing and distribution of land titles in their jurisdiction.
Under the agreement, municipal assessors and planning officers, and staff from the environment or other offices may be deputized as Public Land Investigators after undergoing intensive training.
The LGUs will also a land management office in their area and to train LGU staff in land management, said Milla.
DENR records show that there are 20 cities and municipalities, including a provincial government in Central Luzon, which are already committed to partner with the DENR on land titling.
In Zambales, these are the towns of San Marcelino, Castillejos, Masinloc, San Antonio, Cabangan and Olongapo City.
The others are Llanera, Carranglan, Laur, Gen. Tinio, Penaranda and Palayan City in Nueva Ecija; Minalin and Mabalacat in Pampanga; Limay in Bataan; Bulakan, Obando and Calumpit in Bulacan; Dipaculao in Aurora; Mayantoc in Tarlac; and the provincial government of Bulacan.
The benefits of the land management partnership to the LGU include the improvement of tax collection on titled properties, increase land market activities, better delivery of basic services, greater security of tenure and credit and the reduction of land litigation, Milla added.