Through the collaborative effort of DENR-PENRO Davao Occidental and the Registry of Deeds of Digos Davao de Sur, Handog Titulo Program was successfully conducted in several barangays of Davao Occidental in April 7, 2022.
The one-day event was able to award 23 Certificate of Titles to the beneficiaries of Barangay Kinanga and 67 Certificate of Titles to those of Barangay Kalian and Don Marcelino. It was witnessed by the Municipal Mayor of Don Marcelino Michael Maruya alongside the barangay officials led by Barangay Captain Loida Lotang, of Barangay Kinanga and Barangay Captain Sherwin Cantago of Barangay Kalian, Don Marcelino.
During the awarding, PENR Officer Chamberlain Babiera discussed the Priority Thrusts and Programs of the DENR which include Improved Land Administration and Management. It works on the disposition of Alienable and Disposable land of the Public Domain to qualified owners, thus, the conduct of the said distribution of land titles. Babiera further encouraged the residents to apply for titles on their lands and introduce improvements according to their land uses.
The DENR remains true to its desire to alleviate poverty in the country. Through the Handog Titulo Program, it speeds up the processing and issuing of public land patents to qualifying recipients which is likewise a heightened effort to make government services accessible to the public.
It is also in support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s words on one of his distribution of land title activity engagements- “To our hardworking farmers: You are no longer just tillers. You are now proud owners of your own land. I also encourage you to continue your noble duty of tilling our fields and bringing food on the table of every Filipino.”