• Error-filled land titles emerge from LRA

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    The public has been warned against erroneous land titles in light of ongoing upgrade of the computerization system of the Land Registration Authority (LRA).

    Albay Rep. Al Francis Bichara made the call under his House Bill 1667, which seeks a probe of problematic LRA-issued land titles that burden legitimate land owners and businesses.

    The LRA is in the process of improving its land records by combining microfilm and computerized database systems of land title information.

    Steady introduction of new land title documents, however, seemed to have challenged LRA’s ability to keep up with the microfilm operations and the corresponding development of computerized databases.

    “The errors in the newly-issued land titles have destroyed the otherwise peaceful business climate and investor confidence, as well as private land ownership.The inquiry would help provide relief and stop this,” Bichara pointed out.

    LRA’s Land Titling Computerization Project (LTCP) aims to allow people to make queries on status of land titles wherever and whenever they want.

    Also, the project will implement a shift to a largely paperless system to secure tighter control over land titles and hasten the turnaround time in generation and issuance of land titles, among others.

    The LRA’s computerization project is now in Phase 4.

    Certification of Acceptance of Information Technology Facilities for Phase I was issued on November 28, 2008 and for Phase II on June 24, 2010, with their implementation begun during fiscal year 2013.

    Among the project beneficiaries are landowners, other government agencies, banking institutions, developers and brokers.

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