By Florante A. Nicolas, PGIN-CMO
“This is a dream come true!”
This was the statement of a teary eyed Toribio Viernes of Barangay Tamdagan, Vintar, Ilocos Norte when he received his real property original certificate through the provincial government of Ilocos Norte’s project, ‘Titulo a Natalged: Sagut ken Ilokano’ at the Centennial Arena, Laoag City last November 14 .
The 1, 635 recipients of the program, most of them waiting for decades to obtain the certificates of title for their parcels of land, were as emotional as Viernes when they received their land titles.
According to Rizal Pancho of Pagudpud and Christy Aquino of Paoay, their applications for their land title were in vain until they learned about the ‘Titulo a Natalged’ program Gov. Imee R. Marcos.
“When I heard about this project of Gov. Marcos, I had high hopes of obtaining this elusive certificate of title I applied for many years ago, and here it is on my hands!” Mr. Pancho beams.
The ‘Titulo a Natalged’ project was created when Gov. Marcos found that scores of real properties of the provincial government including the land where the Capitol was built, the Marcos Hall of Justice, Ilocano Heroes Hall and Dap-ayan do not have an original certificate of title that confers ownership to the province.
“I was alarmed when I discovered that these government properties do not have titles at all, thus the Executive Order (EO) 50-11 otherwise known as the Titulo a Natalged: Sagut ken Ilocano was created so that the properties of the provincial government and our Kailians can be given to their rightful owners, thus solving the problem once and for all,” Gov. Marcos stressed during the awarding ceremony.
EO 50-11 which created the task force Titulo a Natalged took effect on August 2, 2011 under the Provincial Assessors Office which conducted a massive campaign on a provincewide survey and titling of all alienable and disposable lands in Ilocos Norte.
The Land Registration Authority, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Agrarian Reform, Geodetic Engineers Association and Private Realtors Association of Ilocos Norte were the partner agencies of the provincial government of Ilocos Norte.#