Allan V. Barcena, LMB assistant director and head of policy development, said in an interview that the new law would only require the submission of tax declarations and affidavits from barangay officials and two witnesses other than their relatives which state that the applicant has stayed in the area for 10 years.
In cases of two or more claimants, Mr. Barcena
said that the LMB
central office would resolve the dispute but its decision is appealable in court.
said they expected to have finished drafting the bill's implementing rules and regulations by March.
"We are targeting that by January, the Office of the President has already signed this and then we can start implementing the guidelines.
We expect to finish within three months," he
said in a telephone interview.
"We expect that there would be a surge of application for patent [of residential land] because this soon to be made law is providing an easier way to get land titles.
Right now it's not attractive to go through this process because applicants would either pay to the BIR
or go to the courts.
With this [bill], many would be encouraged to get land titles."
said it may take the same period to issue a residential patent compared to the agriculture patent -- six months, but noted they may hire and train new personnel since it would be the first time that the LMB
would handle residential patents.