Monday, December 21, 2009

LRA starts computerized land registration

LRA STARTS COMPUTERIZED REGISTRATION OF LAND TITLES: The Land Registration Authority has started implementing its ambitious project of computerizing its operations nationwide so that land titles covering lands from the four corners of the country are now capable of being researched from any Registry of Deeds whose operations have also been computerized.

For example, any interested party from Cebu who wants to know whether a parcel of land located in Quezon City or Paranaque City or Baguio City is really registered can just go to the Registry of Deeds in Cebu, access the records of the property from Cebu, and find out more details about the same without leaving Cebu.

Atty. Juanito Ampaguey, the chief of the Baguio City Registry of Deeds, made this disclosure to me Monday, December 21, 2009 when I visited him at his office, adding that LRA Chairman Benedicto Ulep is furiously proceeding with this project, even if it is on a phase-by-phase, step-by-step, scheme.

Phase 1 covers Quezon City, Paranaque City and Cebu City, and is now virtually completed. Phase 2, which is now on-going, includes Baguio City and other registries of deeds in Luzon and the Visayas. The other areas in the Philippines will be covered in subsequent phases of the computerization program.


LAND FRAUD WILL BE EASILY DETECTED WITH COMPUTERIZED LAND REGISTRATION: When ultimately completed, the Ulep-LRA project will also enable the registries of deeds concerned to detect, right away, whether a title being registered covers a parcel or parcels of land already registered or covered by another title (or titles) previously registered.

Ampaguey said this will make it easier for the government, and any other interested party, to spot any fraudulent transaction covering any parcel of land, so that the appropriate legal steps can be immediately undertaken to stop or correct the intended fraud.

As of now, the LRA is sponsoring seminars and on-the-job training for officers, staff and other personnel of the registries of deeds under the different phases of the computerization program to prepare them for the shift to computerized operations.

The physical offices of the registries are also undergoing renovation, to allow the installation of the computers and other software needed for the project, as well as to establish an office that will cater to the intricacies of computerized transactions.

I am praying that Administrator Ulep will not waver in his determination to make this project a success, for a credible system of titling lands is a pre-requisite to good business.


THERE IS STILL TIME TO IMPROVE A CANDIDATE’S RATINGS IN THE SURVEYS: Indeed, there would seem to be a great truth to the aside of Nacionalista Party presidential candidate Sen. Manny Villar that there is still much time for the ratings of presidentiables to change before the May 2010 elections.

Sen. Noynoy Aquino therefore can not, just as yet, rest on his being the frontrunner now, even with 40 percent of those who responded to recent surveys expressed preference for him if the elections were held now.

As basketball aficionados are won’t to say, next year’s presidential polls is still anybody’s ballgame, and this is where the gimmicks, media advertisements and negotiated hagglings will all come in.

Gimmicks, in particular, whether for or against a candidate, can do a lot to change the voters’ perception of any single candidate, and we can be assured that those who have been assigned to come up with these gimmicks in the days to come will mostly be ruthless.


PRESENTATION OF THE CHILD JESUS AT THE TEMPLE: The fourth Joyful Mystery of the Holy Rosary, as prayed by devout Roman Catholic Christians worldwide, pertains to the presentation of the Child Jesus at the Temple, a story that is found in Luke 2:21 to 40 of the Bible.

At first glance, the account of how Jesus was presented at the Temple seemed to indicate concern merely for the completion of the then existing purification process for males as mandated by the law of Moses, but, when one looks closer, it becomes apparent that this story of the presentation is actually another Biblical confirmation about who Jesus really is and what He is destined to do.

Thus, we can see two individuals, one man (the righteous and devout Simeon) and one woman (the prophetess Anna, then 84 years of age), prophesying about Jesus as Someone who will cause the rise and fall of many in Israel, and as Someone who will redeem God’s people.

Simeon in particular confirmed that he had received a revelation that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. When Simeon saw Jesus, the Holy Spirit came over him, and he said he was ready to die in peace, since he already saw the Lord.

Anna on the other hand who was widowed after being married for only seven years, spent the rest of her life, until she was 84 years old, worshipping, fasting and praying at the temple. When she saw Jesus, she spoke about Him to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.


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