By Judy G. Quiros
DAVAO CITY, (PNA) — The Organization of Property Stakeholders (TOPS) and the Land Registration Authority (LRA) collaborated efforts to streamline land registration processes and other concerns of the real property sector in the Davao Region.
The collaboration was made through the holding of TOPS-LRA Summit 2013 Friday at the Marco Polo, Davao.
Themed, “Transparency, Efficiency, and Accountability: A Challenge to All Property Stakeholders”, the summit aims to identify areas of improvement in the sector and its dealings with the government.
LRA administrator Eulalio C. Diaz at a press conference following the summit, said the digitations or computerization program which the LRA started in 2000 helped avoid or minimize discrepancies in the data needed in the registration of titles, thus minimized delays.
LRA Deputy administrator Robert Nomar V. Leyretana, for his part, said there are data from other agencies among others Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) needed before a land title is registered at LRA.
To avoid discrepancies on the data coming from other agencies, the process should be digitized, he said.
This is why LRS and DENR came up with an agreement to synchronize the data through computerization process, he said.
Diaz said LRA needs pure data to arrive at LRA to avoid delays in the registration of titles. The delays in the title registration and issuance of titles are the perennial problems raised by players in the real property sector..
Lawyer Rodolfo B. Fernandez, vice president BPI Family Savings Bank and Summit chairman, said the private sector joined Diaz and Leyretana, saying there is a need to link up with various agencies through digitation to eliminate discretion and human intervention or corruption in the course of processing the titles.
He said that although the summit is private-sector driven, it is also synergy between the private sector and the government agencies. We seek improvement of processes to make it more efficient on the business side. TOPS is a group that lobby for that,” Fernandez said.
Diaz said the summit is timely following the implementation of the Land Titling Computerization Project (LTCP) that strengthened drive against organized crime involved in fake land titles and closer coordination with pertinent agencies and private corporations servicing property owners.