These Computerized Titles, or C-titles, will be distributed by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Sorsogon City starting next month.

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)—together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Land Registration Authority (LRA), Registry of Deeds, Land Bank of the Philippines, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government—will soon begin issuing Computerized Titles (C-titles) to beneficiaries of the agrarian reform program.

Distribution of C-Titles

According to Sorsogon Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II, Nida Santiago, 76 of these C-titles have been generated, which will be awarded to 72 beneficiaries in the province next month.

“Our initial output is a portion of the 354.6172 hectares that have been prepared for parcelization and individual titling,” Santiago says. “We targeted 8,461.1331 hectares in Sorsogon for the SPLIT project, and we have already verified at least 798.6433 hectares involving 84 CCLOAs spread across 13 municipalities.”

Santiago also projects that around 6,255 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in the province will be able to get their own land titles as a result of this project—up until 2024.

This will be made possible with the help of the Field Validation Team (FVT)—composed of a legal officer, geodetic engineer, processors, environmental social safeguard (ESS) support staff, and documenter—and those from the Registry of Deeds (ROD). “The Field Validation Team’s (FVT) passion and commitment, together with collaborative working with the Registry of Deeds (ROD) here, resulted in a successful outcome,” she adds.

Full Land Ownership

The distribution of these C-titles will be a first since the implementation of the Support to Parcelization of Lands for Individual Titling Project (SPLIT), a PHP24-billion project funded by the World Bank.

To date, the DAR is currently implementing the SPLIT project in 78 provinces or 15 regions across the country. The aim is to subdivide collective certificates of land ownership awards into individual land titles. These allow each farm beneficiary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) to have full ownership and possession of the land, which includes complete control over cultivating it.

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