CONCERNED AGENCIES TO RECLAIM ILLEGALLY TITLED LAND

BAGUIO CITY — The Baguio Regreening Movement (BRM) has teamed up with the local government unit (LGU) of Baguio City, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Cordillera Regional Office and the Baguio Water District (BWD) to reclaim the 7.8-hectare lot inside the Busol Watershed, which was illegally given a title.

BRM Chairman Erdolfo Balajadia on Tuesday said the concerned offices will work to pursue the reversion process to cancel the irregular titles, to file cases against those responsible for the illegal titling as well as the possible filing of a petition for the issuance of a Temporary Environmental Protection Order (TEPO) or a Writ of “Kalikasan” to protect the watershed.

He said they will endorse the case to the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) for the filing of a case for reversion of the spurious title.

This will support the city government’s similar case already forwarded to the OSG on July 28, 2014 – the reversion case to cancel the Original Certificate of Title (OCT) No. 018-0-162 covering an area of 77,849 square meters and was subdivided into 22 lots with duly issued Transfer Certificates of Title (TCTs).

Balajadia said they will also request the Benguet Provincial Prosecutor’s Office (BPPO) to continue investigating the complaint and to file cases against those responsible for the titling using falsified documents.

The concerned agencies will also study the possibility of filing a petition for the issuance of a TEPO or a Writ of “Kalikasan” to stop the destruction, degradation and occupation of the watershed, which supplies 35-40 percent of the city’s water needs, he said.

On September 6, 2013, the city government filed an affidavit of adverse claim for annotation to the contested title and the 22 derivative ones.

The LGU Baguio discovered the spurious titles upon review of applications for tax declaration covering the subdivided lots and noticed the lack of revalidation before its subdivision.

The subject lot is covered by a 211 title or part of those titles issued under Civil Reservation Case No. 1 Record 211 and which were declared void by the Supreme Court because the court that issued the same had no jurisdiction.

Balajadia said the titles can be legalized only upon undergoing validation proceedings. PNA / northboundasia.com