City Gov’t, DENR, Asia Foundation Tie Up for Land Titling Program

The City Government is forging a partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-10) and the Asia Foundation for the implementation of the Land Titling program of Cagayan de Oro.

The 16th City Council headed by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas this morning authorized Mayor Vicente Emano to enter into and sign a Memorandum of Partnership Agreement, which is in line with the intention to improve land administration and management at the local level and fast track the processing and issuance of land titles for inalienable and disposable lands.

Pursuant to the MOA, the DENR shall assign Land Management Officers from CENRO’s, PENRO’s or regional offices to the LGU-initiated titling office, which will soon be created.

The DENR shall likewise provide all the necessary and pertinent land records, surveys, maps and other data as well as the technical assistance in the conduct of surveys, land adjudication, training and capacity-building on public land administration and management.

It shall provide general control and supervision over the LGU titling program and coordinate on the design and the conduct of all necessary trainings for the implementation of the order with the Center of Land Administration and Management-Philppines (CLAMP), among others.

For its part, the city government shall undertake the full management and supervision of the entrie operation in the city in close coordination with the DENR management.

The city will also create a Cadastral Council with the city mayor as the chair, to act as an advisory council in the implementation of the titling program. It shall have the oversight function and provide plans and programs to assist beneficiaries in post-titling activities such as investment and management assistance.

Among other provisions, the MOA stipulates that the city government creates a Land Information Center under the office of the City Assessor to facilitate exchange of information, reconciliation and reconstruction of data from different local offices and national agencies in support of the titling program.

The Asia Foundation, through its grantee, the Foundation of Economic Freedom, shall provide technical assistance needed by the DENR and the city government of the LIO.

It shall likewise promote communication and interaction between the city government and other local government units that have also established partnership with DENR to enhance the knowledge and skills of Land Information employees.

Source: The Power