DENR awards special, residential patents in Tarlac

TARLAC CITY — Department of Environment and Natural Resources awarded a special patent and 152 residential patents in Tarlac.

Through its Land Disposition and Management Program and by virtue of Republic Act 10023 otherwise known as the Residential Free Patent Act, qualified applicants received an administrative confirmation of imperfect title to legalize their land rights over residential lots, giving them security of tenure.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Celia Esteban said the law likewise states that public land actually occupied and used for public schools, among others, may be issued Special Patents. 

“By virtue of Republic Act 10023 and in accordance with DAO No. 2015-01, we awarded a Special Patent for Public School Site to Sinait Elementary School,” Esteban said.

Moreover, 152 of the 261 total prepared residential free patents were distributed to barangay Cristo Rey in Capas town during a Handog Titulo activity.

“We have prepared 261 residential free patents but due to the restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, only 152 patents were awarded,” Esteban added.

This program involves processing, approval, and issuances of concessions pertaining to public and government-owned lands in favor of qualified individuals.