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No red tape in issuing 2,500 land titles

Batangas City — To speed up processing of some 2,500 land titles through a more streamlined and less-expensive procedure to eradicate red tape, the city government forged an agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office.

Mayor Eduardo B. Dimacuha and Environment Regional Executive Director Reynulfo A. Juan sealed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to team up and improve land administration and management, particularly in the survey and titling activities and provide more efficient land-related services to the people of Batangas City. This was witnessed by about more than a thousand city officials and residents at formal rites last Tuesday afternoon at the Batangas Convention Center.

Dimacuha said the event was a concrete manifestation of two administrative orders of two departments.

In 2011, DENR issued Administrative Order 06 prescribing guidelines for the implementation of public land titling in partnership with the local government units.

In the same year, the interior and local government, through the late Secretary Jesse Robredo, issued Memorandum Circular 117 enjoining local authorities “to support the intention of the DENR to integrate land titling activities, create Land Offices and Cadastral Councils in the cities and municipalities.”

The one-stop shop approach within the city and barangays in the gathering and filing of applications for land titling will be adopted.