DENR unit to pilot database that can fast-track land titling in Laguna 

THE ENVIRONMENT Department’s Land Management Bureau (LMB) will soon launch an online database that aims to expedite land titling procedures and address related conflicts, with the town of Bay in Laguna as pilot area.  

In a statement on Tuesday, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said the platform will contain tax declaration records from the local government unit (LGU) of Bay, and scanned land records and geospatial information system (GIS) data from DENR’s regional office.  

The database will be updated in real-time and will help establish a coordinated approach in land titling, the department said.  

“The data linkage will improve the land titling processes of the DENR by using the information from the tax declaration information in screening and validating the rightful owner of land property. Applicants no longer need to submit hard copies of their tax declarations to the DENR,” it added.  

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu described the data-sharing project between their regional office and the Bay municipal government as “the first in the country.”  

“With this new data-sharing development, land titling processes administered by the DENR and the Bay LGU will significantly improve, especially in the harmonization of geospatial information and the validation of property owners,” he said. — Angelica Y. Yang 

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