TEACHERS and learners in 27 schools in Guimaras province are now assured of the security of tenure of their institutions after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) released their school site patents on May 16, 2017.
The special patents for public school sites are part of the 527 patents distributed by DENR during the Handog Titulo program as part of the 2017 Manggahan Festival of Guimaras.
DENR Undersecretary for Administration and Finance Demetrio Ignacio personally turned over the school site patents and 500 agricultural patents to the heads and representatives of recipient schools and beneficiaries coming from the five municipalities of the province.
Ignacio was assisted by Vice Governor John Edward Gando and Deputy Registry of Deeds Mara Ausan during the distribution held at the Guimaras Provincial Gym, May 16.
Atty. Alberto Verdillo, legal officer of DepEd-Guimaras thanked DENR for the successful titling of the 27 schools in the province whose lot areas are without appropriate titles.
Verdillo said teachers and learners of the recipients schools can now sleep and wake up without any fear of losing their schools since schools with untitled lands are open to the claim of others.
Josephine Natividad, Principal of East Valencia Elementary School in Nueva Valencia said with the title already in their hands, improvements in their school are now easier.
A land title is a document required in the availment of some projects for school, Natividad said.
Lourdes Sioson, head teacher of Buluangan Elementary School in Jordan, the land title is a legal document or basis for land ownership. This means that the school now fully owns the land it occupies.
Armin Jalili, Supervising Eco System Management Specialist of PENRO Guimaras said the distribution of free patents has been part of the activities of the province’s Manggahan Festival for the past three years where each year 500 patents are distributed.
“Through Handog sa Titulo program, we are making our services closer to the people. Instead of they going to the office, we go to them, we conduct the survey and process their land title applications,” said Jalili. (PIA-Iloilo)