DENR distributes 5,392 land titles since January
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) distributed a total of 5,392 land titles to at least 26,000 landless farmers in Central Luzon since January this year.
The farmers received their land titles under the “Handog Titulo” program of the DENR, said DENR-Region 3 Executive Director Maximo Dichoso.
He noted that 5,392 land titles covering 1,947 hectares of public lands were given away to marginalized farmers in the region this year.
Of these number a total of 2,694 land titles covering 1,763 hectares of public lands were distributed under the regular land distribution program of the DENR, and another 1,139 titles covering 84 hectares under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
“Only when farmers are assured of land security are they motivated to develop their lands. The first step, therefore, to achieving agricultural and countryside development is by providing our farmers with land titles,” he explained.
Tirso Parian, DENR Deputy Director for Land Management said another 1,559 land titles were also distributed to farmers under Republic Act 10023, or the New Residential Free Patent Act (RFPA).
Qualified Filipino citizens who are actual occupants of a residential land for at least 10 years are given free patent titles under the RFPA.
DENR records showed that the government land distribution program benefited a total of 77,245 landless farmers in Central Luzon since 1999.