Land Management Bureau (LMB) Director Emelyne Talabis said Sunday that Filipino farmers who want to avail of the government’s agricultural free patent program have until December 31 to file their application at all Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) nationwide.
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According to LMB, which is under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), CENROs will no longer accept applications for free patent and judicial confirmation of imperfect and incomplete titles to alienable and disposable lands of public domain beyond the deadline set under Republic Act 9176, otherwise known as the Public Land Act of 2002.
Agricultural free patents are land grants awarded to natural-born Filipino citizens in actual occupation and cultivation for at least 30 years of alienable and disposable lands, not more than 12 hectares, and have paid the corresponding real property taxes.
“Our field offices continue to accept agricultural free patent applications to give those who have been cultivating their lots for a long time the chance to have the same-titled in their names,” Talabis said.
Talabis then enumerated the requirements for the application of agricultural free patents, such as:
• Duly accomplished application form;
• Tax declaration, deed of sale, extrajudicial settlement or waiver of rights;
• Certification from the municipal circuit or regional trial court concerned that there is no pending land registration case involving the parcel being applied for;
• Approved survey plan with a technical description or Form V37, if covered with the isolated survey;
• Certification of the status of land from the Land Registration Authority, if the municipality is under cadastral proceedings or if there is an old survey (private and original survey);
• Certification that the land applied for is alienable and disposable; and
• Documentary stamp
Meanwhile, DENR Undersecretary for Legal, Administration, Human Resources and Legislative Affairs Ernesto D. Adobo Jr. clarified, through a Memorandum dated November 23, 2020, that all subsisting and new applications filed on or before December 31, 2020, shall continue to be processed for the fiscal year 2021.
In compliance with RA 11032 or Ease of Doing Business Act, Adobo said that the turn-around time is 110 maximum days per Citizen’s Charter No. RO-L-03 titled Application for Free Patent (Agricultural).
Furthermore, Adobo reiterated that after the deadline, regional offices can still process requests for subdivision of lots for titling purposes. However, he said the agency would resume accepting agricultural free patent applications once Congress approves the bills seeking to extend or remove the deadline for filing.
For more information, interested persons can visit the nearest CENRO where the land is located. They can also contact LMB at the telephone number (02) 8255-4362, the mobile number at 0927-322-5474, or the official LMB Facebook page https://web.facebook.com/LandMBOfficial.