Out of the 164 Registry of Deeds offices nationwide, 159 offices are already online. The Land Registration Authority launched its Anywhere-to-Anywhere (A2A) online program in 2012. From thereon, the government agency worked on expanding its online presence by establishing satellite offices all over the Philippines. This allowed title holders the ease in requesting for their Certified True Copy (CTC) titles.
Now, property owners can visit the nearest Registry of Deeds office, fill up the form of application, and then claim their land titles on the same branch after the request has been processed. The move to establish satellite offices is convenient for those who have limited access to the internet. It’s a fact that despite recent advancements in online technology that our country has embraced, not every one has internet access.
For me, this is a wise move from the Land Registration Authority. They did not only responded to the mandate under the Electronic Commerce Act (Republic Act 8792) where every department of government is required to establish an online presence. The organization also made an effort to make its Anywhere-to-Anywhere online program accessible to the public.
Many Filipinos struggle in having their documents processed because of the geographical challenge faced. Case in point: the processing of land registration transaction across the archipelago. Title holders are usually faced with the unnecessary troubles of having to travel to the respective Registry of Deeds office where their property is located just to obtain a Certified True Copy of a land title. Needless to say, this process is not only expensive — especially if the said land is located on a different island — but time-consuming as well.
The launch of A2A follows the heels of LRA’s Online Tracking System (LOTS) which lets title holders check the status of their transactions. The digital service, which can be accessed through the department’s website, sets the pace on the online expansion of LRA’s other services. In the pipeline are other digital projects like the LRA Aksyon Agad Center, e-Title service, Parcel Verification Service, Lot Location Service, Title Trace Back Service, and Geo-Spatial services.
Currently, the LRA is focused on improving their A2A project by expanding their reach nationwide. The ultimate objective is to incapacitate every land owners and those property buyers for the first time to process easy and convenient registration transaction anywhere in the 7,107 islands in the Philippines. Things are looking up with the agency’s efforts to bring 100% of Registry of Deeds offices online. For more information about A2A and other digital services of the Land Registration Authority, visit www.lra.gov.ph.