Congress Okays the Simplification of the Notice of Sale of Agri Properties

House Bill 7728

Lawmakers approved House Bill (HB) No. 7728 which Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez, leader of the 312-strong House of Representatives, said will replace Section 24 of the decades-old law, “simplifying” and expediting the otherwise longer, if not cumbersome, acquisition of properties.

The Public Land Act of 1936 (Commonwealth) is the general law in the country that governs the classification, delimitation, survey, and disposition of alienable lands of the public domain, according to Speaker Romualdez, the highest-ranking House leader from Leyte’s 1st District, said.

Under the new proposal, notices of sale that will be undertaken by the DENR Central Office have been reduced to once a week for just “two consecutive weeks” – from the previous six – which shall be published in the Official Gazette and in “two newspapers.”

One of the two newspapers should be in Metro Manila, while the other one should be published in the local municipality or in the neighboring province where such agricultural property for sale is located.

The notice should be posted on the “bulletin board” of the DENR Main Office, and in the “most conspicuous place in the provincial and the municipal building of the province and municipality, respectively, where the land is located, and if practicable, on the land itself.”

But if the property value is only pegged at P50,000, then the publication process will no longer require the OG and newspapers, since the notice can now be posted in three “conspicuous places” of the property on sale.


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