TACLOBAN CITY- – The regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-8) is calling on the public to support and cooperate on the multi-million cadastral surveys being conducted in Eastern Visayas. DENR-8 Regional Executive Director Leonardo Sibbaluca in an interview said that the cadastral survey in the region has resumed after delays when supertyphoon Yolanda struck the region last November 8, 2013.

Sibbaluca said that they were tasked by their national office to fast track the implementation of the National Cadastral Survey Program in the region. “We enjoin the presence of concerned local government officials and lot claimants during the conduct of the survey in their respective towns and barangays so that they can pinpoint the correct boundaries of their lots,” Sibbaluca said.

Sibbaluca said that cadastral surveys consist of three categories, Category A – establishment of main and subsidiary controls, political boundary survey and lot survey; Category B – establishment of main and subsidiary controls and conduct of political boundary survey and category C – purely lot survey. Sibbaluca said that the nationwide cadastral survey is one of the big-budgeted programs of the DENR at P3.56 billion which is expected to be finished by 2015. He said for the region, 13 municipalities have been included in the category A survey, 29 municipalities in the category B, and 2 under the category C survey. A total of P205 million has been allotted for the cadastral surveys of these 44 municipalities in the region which started in 2012.

The director explained that cadastral survey is a type of land survey intended to determine the administrative boundary of a city or a municipality and its component barangays. It also includes the determination of administrative boundary of lots in alienable and disposable lands of the public domain for purposes of land titling, he added. Sibbaluca further explained that cadastral surveys are conducted in order to support government projects, such as land titling, land use planning, taxation and the internal revenue allotment (IRA) program for the different municipalities nationwide. (RESTITUTO A. CAYUBIT)