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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

SUBJECT: Surrender of old Manual Titles for upgrading to Electronic Title

DATE: June 24, 2019

FROM: Administrator
Land Registration Authority

When the Land Registration Authority (LRA) embarked into computerization through the Land Titling Computerization Project (LTCP), around 16.6 Million titles of the 159 registries nationwide were scanned and uploaded in the database. However, the scanned image in the system is not the title itself but is only the picture thereof. The title remains the paper title kept in the vault of the registry office.

The aforementioned scanning of title, including the encoding of the entries thereof, serves as a preparatory process before the upgrading of the title to Electronic Title, the nature of which would be discussed herein later.

When there is a transaction involving the title, be it sale, mortgage, or any transaction that requires annotation, pursuant to Sections 54 and 57 of PD 1529, the Office of the Register of Deeds through its Records Officer is required to find the title to ascertain that it still exists because when it cannot be found, the office has to recommend the filing in court of a petition for the reconstitution of the lost title before any transaction can be had thereon.


 

The Legal Division, an office which has not had a regular boss since 2013, has been assigned a permanent chief.

In August, Atty. Ma. Lourdes Bantegui-Rodriguez took the reins as head of the Division.

Rodriguez, who originally came from the private sector, has said of her new assignment, “My new work is exciting because it is a new specialized field for me. Considering my age, I no longer aspire for higher positions. I just want to work, serve the government for the next three and a half years.”

Rodriguez graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from the Far Eastern University (FEU).  She qualified as an entrance scholar and took her Law degree at the FEU Institute of Law. After passing the Bar, she took to corporate practice and became the corporate secretary of various SEC and PSE-listed companies. Although corporate law has been her bread and butter, she has also served in an advisory capacity as a consultant to the executive secretary of the Office of the President, the Senate, and the Public Estates Authority.