Requisite to CADT Registration Questioned

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – During the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) session on November 3 here, provincial board member Juan Nazarro questioned the need to delineate titled lots within the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) before it can be registered in the registry of deeds.

Nazarro said there is a need to study this requirement in line with the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA). He believes that a domain includes all aspects of the environment like the water and air.

He added that the people living within the CADT are also included in the domain. Therefore, the segregation of titled lots within the domain is awkward. He believes there is no need to delineate the titled lots or annotate them within the domain before it is registered at the registry of deeds.

The issue raised was is in relation to a proposed resolution in support of the Regional Development Council’s (RDC) resolution requesting the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the Land Registration Authority (LRA) to waive the delineation requirement for the registration of CADTs in their joint memorandum agreement no 1 series of 2007.

The RDC believes that the segregation process involves steps that are expensive, tedious, and time consuming and unnecessarily and agonizingly prolong the entire registration process. RDC said in their resolution that the final result of the segregation process would be an ancestral domain map that is full of holes and a CADT that is a hundred pages thick.

The SP resolution supporting the RDC resolution was deferred pending the round table discussion with the NCIP regional director and the Indigenous Peoples Organization (IPO) representative specifically Mr Abela of La Trinidad IPO who had wrote the SP a letter requesting the body to file a resolution requesting the NCIP and LRA to waive the above said requirement.

Nazarro said they (SP) will seek clarification on the issue raised and will discuss whether they will push through with a resolution to support the RDC resolution or they will file another resolution questioning the segregation requirement. Posted by (

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