BAGUIO CITY – City officials recently urged the National commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) en banc to immediately come up with guidelines on the registration of transfer certificates of titles (TCTs_ or derivative titles emanating from originally issued Certificate of ancestral Land Titles (CALTs) pursuant to the memorandum of agreement (MOA) entered between the land Registration Authority (LRA) and the NCIP.
Under Resolution No. 477, series of 2023, local legislators stated that such MOA alleged that without submissions of the aforesaid rules to the Registry of Deeds (ROD), no derivative titles from CALTs shall be issued by the said office.
On August 28, 2002, the LRA and the NCIP entered into an agreement to determine the areas of coordination to ascertain the extent of authority; and determine the responsibilities of the parties relative to the registration of CALTs with the ROD as required under Section 52(k) of Republic Act (RA) 8371 or the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) of 1997.
During a top LRA-NCIP policy dialogue in the registration of Certificate of Ancestral Domain Titles (CADTs) and CALTs with the ROD of provinces and cities held on January 20, 2005, the two agencies agreed to set guidelines in treating exemption of CADTSs from payment of the contribution to the assurance fund; registration of CADTs embracing ancestral domains straddling more than one province or city; CADTs overlapping titled properties and CALTs overlapping titled properties.
On August 22, 2005, Joint LRA-NCIP Memorandum circular No. 1, series of 2005 was issued for additional guidelines on the registration of CADTs/CALTs with the ROD.
Earlier, representatives from the NCIP-CAR informed members of the local legislative body that a meeting sometime in 2016 between and among the NCIP, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and land Registration Authority (LRA) joint national committee resulted to an agreement where LRA required the submission by the NCIP guidelines on the transfer of derivative titles of CALTs which the ROD should follow, and the production of NCIP of a specific security paper from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to be used for the said purpose.
Further, LRA will not continue issuing for CALTs using their ROD issued TCTs as the same is for Torrens titles only.