The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has yet to lift the suspension of land titling in Palawan as ordered by then Secretary Ramon Paje last year because of land grabbing issues. In an interview of Palawan News with Undersecretary Marlo Mendoza, the latter said he cannot give an update yet on when the said suspension will be lifted. Nevertheless, he said that the problem is being discussed.
“Rest assured this is being look into. I just had a meeting with the secretary last week to discuss things like this,” he said.
Last July 18, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Palawan approved a resolution requesting Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Regina Lopez to lift the suspension on land title issuance in the province.
Board Member Roseller Pineda, the resolution’s main author, even called the suspension as “social injustice.”
Pineda was quoted in a previous interview saying that the suspension serves as a “stumbling block for development” among Palaweños and is a form of economic constraint.
Meanwhile, Usec Mendoza explained that setting aside the case of Palawan, generally the main concern of their agency is to make sure that illegal titling does not happen.
“We, the DENR just want to make sure that we have a system in place to stop illegal land titling,” he added.