DENR grants a parcel of land to DOH-RITM
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Acting Secretary Jim O. Sampulna signs the deed of conveyance to a parcel of land in Alabang, Muntinlupa City to be turned over to the Department of Health (DOH) – Research of Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).
The ceremonial signing of the deed of conveyance was under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Proclamation No. 1276 dated January 6, 2022, which states that the 9,077-square meter parcel of patrimonial land is within the Alabang Stock Farm, Muntinlupa City, will be for RITM building site purposes.
Secretary Sampulna said he hopes the additional land property will provide RITM with more space for the facility, and further advance their research work.
RITM Director Celia C. Carlos expressed her gratitude to the DENR for facilitating the preparation of the deed of conveyance.
“I wish to acknowledge the big help provided by Director Emelyne V. Talabis and her staff who guided and supported us in all stages of this journey towards RITM acquisition of additional lots,” said Carlos.
Director Talabis with the Assistant Director Romeo Verzosa also pledged to continue support in the advocacy, especially in this time of health crisis.
“We hope that by giving this additional lot for your building site will help you to fulfill more of your mandate in serving our Filipino people in our fight against Covid-19,” said Talabis.
RITM has been responding to outbreaks of infectious diseases for the last 20 years, including the first severe acute respiratory syndrome-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) outbreak in 2003.
PUBLIC FORUM ON REPUBLIC ACT NO. 11573 SET TO RAISE AWARENESS ON THE NEW LAW
The Land Management Bureau, in partnership with the Foundation for Economic Freedom, conducted a public forum on 2 March 2022 to promote the recently enacted Republic Act No. 11573 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, DENR DAO 2021-38. The law resumes acceptance of agricultural free patent applications and removes the deadline for filing it. It also shortens the required period of occupancy for both administrative and judicial titling to 20 years.
Director Emelyne Talabis opened the forum citing the relevance of the law on the priority directions of LMB. Atty. Erwin Tiamson of the FEF presented the salient features of this new law, and Engr. Henry Pacis of the LMB presented the IRR. Both also acted as panelists for the Q&A session, together with officials Atty. Marlou Alutaya, Engr. Bienvenido Cruz and Engr. Victor Balde of LMB. The closing remarks was delivered by FEF President Calixto Chikiamco.
The forum was opened via Zoom and participated by national and local government agencies, civil society, academe, the private sector, and individuals. It was also streamed live on the official LMB Facebook page and FEF.
The public forum can be accessed here <FB Live stream>