In its bid to accelerate patent issuance in the country, DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje has recently issued guidelines for the processing and issuance of special patents for public school sites or those within the administrative jurisdiction of Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education.
The Department Administrative Order 2015-01 dated March 4, 2015 also provides for education related services such as, but not limited to, those used for offices, canteens, gardens, aethetic fields, sports compex, sports courts, clinics, gymnasium, car parks, science centers, nature parks and related areas.
The requirements for requesting said patent include: 1) request by the DepEd; 2) historical background of possession/occupation; 3) recent photographs showing the view of the area and adjacent areas; and 4) certification of no pending land registration application issued by the Regional Trial Court/Land Registration Authority (LRA) having jurisdiction over the land.
The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer shall approve or disapprove such request.
The Special patent may be requested by the Superintendent of the Division of Schools or any authorized Officer of DepEd Central Office may request for its issuance.
Inquiries could be made at any Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices having jurisdiction over the site being applied for.