DENR-Region 1

Political boundary disputes in Pangasinan settled through cadastral survey

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With the aim of easing the long time tensions over political boundaries, some local government units in Pangasinan have entered into resolutions to finally rest the issue and locate the exact lines of their areas of jurisdictions.


The cadastral survey of the City of Urdaneta has led to resolutions among and between the neighboring local government units of the city, such as Sta Barbara, Laoac, Malasiqui, Binalonan, Manaoag, and Asingan. The municipal assessors of these municipalities attended the presentation of the survey result.


This came following a directive from DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje to all DENR field offices to fast track the implementation of cadastral survey projects nationwide.


“The approval of cadastral survey plans is significant in the issuance of free patents covering agricultural lands as well as residential areas, including special patents for various government properties like city/municipal halls, public markets, plazas, school sites, hospitals, parks,” DENR-Region I Executive Director Samuel Penafiel said.


Around 12,000 free patents are targeted to be processed and awarded to the bonafide claimants this year in various parts of the Ilocos Region, Penafied added.


Aside from Urdaneta City, cadastral survey projects are also on-going in the municipalities of Binmaley, Mapandan, Laoac, San Nicolas, San Quintin and San Fabian. Also expected to start soon will be for the municipalities of Sison, Urbiztondo, Bautista, Basista, Sta Maria, Burgos, Bani and Mangatarem.


Peñafiel is appealing to all concerned local officials to support the conduct of cadastral survey in their areas, particularly in locating the boundaries or monuments, locally known as mojon. He also urged local residents to actively part in identifying legal claimants to avoid fake titling.