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In celebration of the 118th Lands Anniversary, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol through PENRO Sorsogon awarded 90 agricultural free patents to deserving beneficiaries during the Handog Titulo para sa Mamamayang Pilipino Program held at the Municipal Auditorium in Irosin, Sorsogon on September 10, 2019.

The 90 patents covering a total land area of 107.2147 hectares were distributed to the residents of barangays Bagsangan, Batang, Buenavista, Bulawan, Carriedo, Casini, Cawayan, Gabao, Gulang-Gulang, Gumapia, Lamboon, Liang, Macawayan, Mapaso, Monbon, Patag, Poblacion, Salvacion, San Agustin, San Juan, San Julian, San Pedro, Sto. Domingo, Tinampo, and Tongdol.

Present in the activity are local government officials of Irosin headed by Mayor Alfredo J. Cielo, Jr., Provincial Board Member Arzi Glipo, representing Sorsogon Governor Francis Joseph Escudero, and Kagawad Danilo Enaje, representing 2nd District Representative Bernardita Ramos. The DENR officials are also in full attendance led by OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin, CESO IV, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Atty. Ronnel C. Sopsop, Licenses, Patents, and Deeds Division (LPDD) OIC, Chief Dolores C. Vargas, and PENRO Sorsogon officials and staff.

In his message, Mayor Cielo said that the event depicts the importance of the convergence of the municipal government, provincial government, and national agencies like the DENR in carrying out their mission for the people.

RED Aromin stressed the importance of the titling of agricultural lands as this title shows proof of ownership and encouraged everyone to have their lands titled including government properties and facilities.

Provincial Board Member Arzi Glipo appreciated the efforts of the DENR in seeing through the completion of the titling of the agricultural lands of the farmers in Irosin, thereby providing them tenurial security and increased productivity. She also discussed the programs of the provincial government in terms of agriculture to provide technical and financial assistance to farmers and help market their products grown in agricultural lands, including cash assistance to rice farmers.

Meanwhile, Kagawad Danilo Enaje, representing Sorsogon 2nd District Representative Bernardita Ramos, expressed the latter's continued efforts to help the people of the 2nd District of Sorsogon.

In closing, ARD Sopsop expressed gratitude to the local government of Irosin for their support and cooperation in the programs of the DENR, not only in land titling but also in forest protection.###