108th Year of the Land Management Bureau: Gearing towards Effective Land Administration and Management

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The Land Management Bureau, currently under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), has come a long way from its humble beginnings.The Insular Bureau of Public Lands was created on September 2, 1901, by virtue of Act 218, which placed it under the Department of Interior. In 1906, Act 1407 renamed it Bureau of Lands, and placed it under the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) in 1916. Later, by virtue of Presidential Decree 461, the DANR was split into the Ministry of Natural Resources, under which the Bureau of Lands was placed, and the Ministry of Agriculture. In 1987, the Bureau of Lands was renamed Land Management Bureau (LMB), pursuant to Executive Order 192.Today, the LMB is tasked with land administration and management. Through the LMB and the DENR field offices, DENR is able to carry out its functions of administering, surveying, managing, and disposing if alienable and disposable (A&D) lands and other government lands not placed under the jurisdiction of the other government agencies.Among its major ongoing projects are the Handog Titulo sa Taguig and Oplan: Fake Titles Project. The latter hopes to restore the public’s faith in the Torrens System of land titling and registration, that has been eroded by the existence of spurious and fraudulently issued titles. …