96 government properties surveyed in Baguio City
A total of 96 government lots in Baguio were surveyed by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office-Baguio in 2022, according to Cenro-Baguio representative Evelyn Wales.
Wales said this includes school sites and lots identified for barangay needs. Of the 35 lots identified for barangay needs that were surveyed, 12 were already patented.
This information was revealed to the Baguio City Council in a forum on Dec. 19, 2022.
In a public consultation on July 19, 2022, Councilor Leandro Yangot Jr., chair of the committee on urban planning, lands, and housing, said one of his flagship programs in his three-year term as a city official is “Operation Titulo” or the titling of lands identified for barangay and city needs as well as public schools.
This operation, he said, is meant to protect these government lands from encroachment and illegal occupation.
“We are looking forward to the complete staff work of these cleared and surveyed government lots so that the City Land Needs Identification Committee (CLNIC) can submit them to the Lands Management Services (LMS) early next year for the processing, and eventually, issuance of their special patents,” Yangot said.
The CLNIC was reconstituted on Aug. 31, 2022 through Executive Order 101, s. 2022 issued by Mayor Benjamin Magalong.
In the said order, Magalong said there is a need to fast-track the identification and survey of lands identified for barangay and city needs. He said these lands, after delineation, will be used for the general welfare of the citizenry.
The reconstituted CLNIC is chaired by the mayor and co-chaired by the city administrator. The members are the chairperson of the city council’s committee on urban planning, lands, and housing; City Planning and Development coordinator; City Engineer; City Assessor; City General Services Office; assistant regional director for Technical Services of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Cordillera; CENR Officer; district engineer; chief and technical staff of the AO 504 clearing committee; and executive assistant for Barangay Affairs under the City Mayor’s Office.
The CLNC shall evaluate, approve/disapprove, and forward reports to the LMS. – Jordan G. Habbiling