What is LRA? A Comprehensive Overview of the Land Registration Authority 

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The Land Registration Authority (LRA) plays a crucial role as a government agency in the Philippines, operating under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice.

Tasked with issuing decrees of registration, certificates of title, and facilitating the registration of diverse land documents, patents, and transactions, the LRA is dedicated to serving the interests of landowners, agrarian reform beneficiaries, and the broader registering public. 

By fulfilling these responsibilities, the LRA actively contributes to the establishment and maintenance of a secure, stable, and trustworthy repository of records. 

This commitment not only promotes social and economic well-being but also aligns with the overarching goals of national development in the Philippines. 

The LRA, through its pivotal role, strives to enhance the nation’s socio-economic landscape by fostering a strong system of land ownership and recorded interests.

For further insights into the Land Registration Authority, its historical background, and current job opportunities, please continue reading below.

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Land Registration Authority History:

Delve into the evolution of this pivotal institution that has played a crucial role in shaping and safeguarding the Philippines’ land ownership landscape. 

From its early establishment as the Court of Land Registration to its present-day prominence, the Land Registration Authority has continually adapted, contributing significantly to the nation’s social and economic well-being. 

Uncovering the milestones and transformative moments that define the legacy of the agency.

Land Registration Law (Act 496):

  •    Enacted on November 6, 1902, Act 496, also known as the Land Registration Law, revolutionized real estate ownership in the Philippines.
  •    The legislation established the Court of Land Registration (CLR) and the Registers of Deeds, introducing the Torrens System to provide a secure and judicially confirmed method for recording property ownership.

Structure of the Court of Land Registration:

  •    Act 496’s implementation brought forth a structured judiciary, with five judges appointed under the Governor-General’s authority.
  •    Roles were assigned to a Judge of Court, Associate Judges, a clerk, and an assistant clerk, with Registries of Deeds created to streamline property transaction recordings.

Transformation into General Land Registration Office (GRLO):

  •    A pivotal shift occurred with Act No. 2347, replacing the Court of Land Registration with the General Land Registration Office (GRLO).

Further Transformation into Land Registration Commission (LRC):

  •    Republic Act No. 1151, enacted on June 17, 1954, marked a comprehensive change by replacing GRLO with the Land Registration Commission (LRC).
  •    Centralizing control, the Commissioner of Land Registration gained authority over Registers of Deeds and Clerks of Court of First Instance in land registration.

Creation of National Land Titles and Deeds Registration Administration (NLTDRA):

  •    A significant reorganization unfolded on February 9, 1981, via Executive Order No. 649, transforming the LRC into the National Land Titles and Deeds Registration Administration (NLTDRA).
  •    NLTDRA played a vital role in providing effective assistance to governmental bodies, including the Ministry of Agrarian Reform and the Land Bank of the Philippines.

Transformation into LRA:

  •    A notable milestone occurred on September 30, 1988, with a Presidential Memorandum Circular initiating the renaming of NLTDRA to the Land Registration Authority.
  •    This aligns with the broader administrative framework of Executive Order No. 292, the Administrative Code of 1987, effective on November 23, 1989.

Current Status of the Land Registration Authority:

  •    Presently, the Land Registration Authority, led by an Administrator with qualifications comparable to an Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals, operates as a dynamic institution.
  •    Deputy Administrators, under the agency Rationalization Plan, hold a rank equivalent to that of an Assistant Secretary.
  •    With a workforce exceeding 2500 employees nationwide, the Land Registration Authority has exhibited sustained financial growth, consistently increasing revenues through its registries of deeds over the past five years.

The agency remains at the forefront of innovation, developing methods to protect and defend landowners’ rights, upholding the integrity of the Philippines’ Torrens system with steadfast commitment.

Mandate

“The LRA exists for the sole purpose of implementing and protecting the Torrens system of land titling and registration, as well as registration of transactions involving personal properties. 

Through its Registry Offices, it constitutes as the central repository of all land records involving registered or titled lands as well as registered transactions involving unregistered or untitled lands.”

It issues decrees of registration pursuant to final judgment of the courts in land registration proceedings and cause the issuance by a registrar of deeds the corresponding certificate of title.

It is tasked to issue all subsequent or transfer certificates of title. It keeps the title history or records of transaction involving titled or registered lands. 

It provides legal and technical assistance to the courts relative to land registration cases, and to other government agencies with respect to registration of administratively issued titles. 

It likewise extends assistance to DAR in the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).”

Vision

“A LAND REGISTRATION AUTHORITY – (LRA) that is:

  • An independent corporate body exercising quasi-judicial functions using automated systems and modern facilities;
  • An effectively managed organization responsive to the needs of its clients and its personnel; and
  • An entity conscious of its role to promote and attain the full trust and confidence of the public in the Torrens System and the titles, documents and other public records kept in its official custody.”

Mission

“The LRA is mandated to issue decrees of registration and certificates of titles and register documents, patents and other land transactions for the benefit of landowners, agrarian reform-beneficiaries and the registering public in general; to provide a secure, stable and trustworthy record of land ownership and registered interests therein so as to promote social and economic well-being and contribute to national development. 

To achieve this mission, the LRA is committed to effectively implement the laws and regulations relative to the registration of land titles and deeds; to maintain and foster greater public trust and confidence in the Torrens System through honest, prompt and efficient service, and to preserve and maintain the integrity of land records; to provide vital, accurate and timely land-related information as well as to provide convenient working conditions and adequate incentives to all LRA personnel.”

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Land Registration Authority Organizational Structure:

The Land Registration Authority is guided by a dedicated and capable leadership team responsible for overseeing various divisions and ensuring the effective functioning of the organization. 

Below is an overview of key positions within the Land Registration Authority, including the Administrator, Deputy Administrators, and Division Chiefs. 

This structured leadership plays a crucial role in maintaining the integrity of land registration processes and contributing to the overall objectives of the Land Registration Authority.

PositionNameAdditional Designation
AdministratorGerardo Panga Sirios
Deputy Administrator for OperationsAtty. Robert Nomar V. Leyretana, CESO II
Deputy Administrator IIIPosition Vacant
Deputy Administrator for AdministrationAtty. Teodoro L. Bonifacio Jr.
Deputy Administrator, Comprehensive Agrarian Reform ProgramAtty. Kay Kari Ann J. GempisOIC, Acting Project Manager
OIC, Information and Communications Technology DivisionMs. Marilyn C. CustodioOIC, Chief
Division Chief, Planning and Management DivisionMs. Marilyn C. Custodio
Director, Administrative ServiceAtty. Tristan E. De Guzman
Acting Chief, Human Resource Development DivisionMs. Venus M. Villa
Chief, Recruitment SectionMs. Cecilia T. De Leon
Chief, Learning & Development Management UnitMs. Eva Adviento
Chief, General Services DivisionEngr. Glorieta P. LacambraActing Chief, Cashiering Services Section
Acting Chief, Cashiering Services SectionMs. Judylyn Floresta
Acting Chief, Central Records SectionMs. Norilyn TomasChief, Property and Supply Section
Chief, Property and Supply SectionMr. Robert Paul Remegio T. Ancheta
Chief, Public Relation & Information Section / PACDMs. Maria Edralyn B. AmorActing Chief, Maintenance/ Motorpool
Acting Chief, Maintenance/ MotorpoolMr. Adrian M. VillanuevaActing Chief, Financial Service
Director, Financial ServiceMr. Armando M. de Leon
Director, Budget DivisionEngr. Maria Teresa P. YanchaChief, Budget Section
Chief, Budget SectionMs. Amelou Catungal
Acting Chief, Statistics SectionMr. Glenn Valerie A. Antonio
Chief, Accounting DivisionMr. Jairus Cabusi
Chief, Disbursement SectionMs. Pauline Joy M. BiceraActing Chief, Bookkeeping Section
Acting Chief, Bookkeeping SectionMr. Russel P. FernandezChief, Revenue Section
Chief, Revenue SectionMr. Randall Rey V. Queral
Director, Land Registration Operation ServiceEngr. Ante V. Gamiao
Acting Chief, Original Registration DivisionEngr. Angelita D. Sarmiento
Acting Chief, Land Projection SectionEngr. Ma. Marilyn E. BalacuitActing Chief, Plan Examination Section
Chief, Plan Examination SectionEngr. Filbert Baccay
Chief, Cadastral Decree SectionEngr. Ricardo Nilo
Chief, Ordinary Decree SectionEngr. Mary Anne Mortel
Chief, Docket DivisionMs. Leila C. AstronomiaOIC, Division Chief
OIC, Division Chief, Publication of Notices SectionMs. Anna CortezChief, Document and Index Section
Chief, Document and Index SectionMs. Teresita Negrillo
Chief, Docket Vault SectionMr. Dexter O. Quinones
Acting Chief, Subdivision & Consolidation DivisionEngr. Ma. Marilyn E. BalacuitActing Chief, Records Verification Section
Acting Chief, Records Verification SectionEngr. Shane Alexander Q. PinsonChief

This table provides a structured representation of the administrative hierarchy within the Land Registration Authority.

Contact Details:

Land Registration AuthorityContact Directories. Below, you’ll find essential contact information for various offices within the Land Registration Authority, including details about heads of offices and their respective locations. 

Whether you need to reach out to the Office of the Administrator, Planning and Management Division, Administrative Service, Financial Management Service, Land Registration Operations Service, Legal Service, or the LRA-CARP Project Manager, this comprehensive guide ensures you have the right contacts at your fingertips. 

If you have any questions or need further assistance, you may reach out to them.

OFFICE OF THE ADMINISTRATOR

Name of OfficeHeads of OfficeContacts/Location
Office of the AdministratorAtty. Gerardo P. Sirios (Administrator)Email: lra_admin@lra.gov.ph <br> Mobile No.: 09194554947 <br> Room No.: 406
Office of the Deputy AdministratorAtty. Robert Nomar V. Leyretana, CESO IIEmail: deputyadmin_operation@lra.gov.ph/depleyretanaoffice@lra.gov.ph <br> Mobile No.: 09686430914 <br> Room No.: 305
Office of the Deputy AdministratorAtty. Teodoro L. Bonifacio, Jr.Email 1: depad407@lra.gov.ph <br> Email 2: <br> Mobile No.: 09603787106 <br>

Planning and Management Division

Name of OfficeHeads of OfficeContacts/Location
Planning and Management DivisionMs. Marilyn C. Custodio (Chief)Email: lra.oapamd@gmail.com/pmd.mailbox@lra.gov.ph <br> Contact No.: 8921-1778 <br> Room No.: 205
Information and Communications Technology DivisionASEC. Jose Arturo R. Malvar (OIC Chief in concurrent capacity)Email: ictd_mailbox@lra.gov.ph <br> ETD Email: etdmailbox@lra.gov.ph <br> Mobile No.: 091945

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE

Name of OfficeHeads of OfficeContacts/Location
Office of the DirectorAtty. Tristan E. De Guzman (Director)Email: adminservice.mailbox@lra.gov.ph <br> Mobile No.: 09627180652 <br> Room No.: 413
Human Resource Development DivisionMs. Venus M. Villa (Acting Chief)Email 1: hrddmailbox@lra.gov.ph <br> Email 2: hr.learninganddevelopment@lra.gov.ph <br> Email 3: hrdd_helpdesk@lra.gov.ph <br> Mobile No. 09616893798 <br> Room No.: 411

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SERVICE

Name of OfficeHeads of OfficeContacts/Location
Office of the DirectorEngr. Maria Teresa P. Yancha (Acting Director)Contact No. : 8921-4621 <br> Room No.: 310
Budget DivisionMs. Meilina F. Pangdan (Acting Chief)Email: lra_budget@yahoo.com.ph <br> Contact No. 8363-6432 <br> Room No.: 311
Budget SectionMs. Amelou M. Catungal (Acting Chief)Email: amelou.catungal@lra.gov.ph <br> Room No.: 309
Statistics SectionMr. Glenn Valerie A. Antonio (Acting Chief)Room No.: 312
Accounting DivisionMr. Jairus M. Cabusi (Chief)jairus.cabusi@lra.gov.ph <br> Room No.: 314

LAND REGISTRATION OPERATIONS SERVICE

Name of OfficeHeads of OfficeContacts/Location
Office of the DirectorEngr. Ante V. Gamiao (Director)lros.mailbox@lra.gov.ph <br> Mobile No.: 09194554898 <br> Room No.: 205
Original Registration DivisionEngr. Angelita D. Sarmiento (Acting Chief)Email: angelita.sarmiento@lra.gov.ph <br> Mobile No.: 09663491420 <br> Room No.: 304
Land Projection SectionEngr. Zeareen A. Vergara-Antonio (Acting Chief)Email: lps.official.lra@gmail.com <br> Contact No.: 8921-5550 <br> Room No.: 101
Plan Examination SectionEngr. Filbert E. Baccay (Chief)Email: lrapes104@gmail.com <br> MObile No. 09194556333 <br> Room No.: 104
Records and Verification SectionEngr. Shane Alexander Q. PinsonRoom No.: 209
SCD-Vaults One (I) and Two (II) SectionRoom No.: 210-211
Cadastral Decree SectionEngr. Ricardo R. Nilo (Chief)Contact No.: 8925-6607 <br> Room No.: 202-203
Ordinary Decree SectionEngr. Heide B. Arce (Acting Chief)Email: ods.mailbox@lra.gov.ph <br> Mobile No.: 09682249111/89256571 <br> Room No.: 316
Subdivision & Consolidation DivisionEngr. Ma. Marilyn E. Balcuit (Acting Chief)Email: lra.ls.scd@gmail.com <br> Contact No.: 8925-6591/8925-6608 <br> Room No.: 206
Land Registration Monitoring DivisionAtty. Kay Kari Ann J. Gempis (Acting Chief)Email: lrmd.iid.lra@gmail.com <br> Contact No.: 8925-6608 <br> Room No.: 401
Docket DivisionMs. Leila C. Astronomia (Acting Chief in concurrent capacity)Email: docketdivision.mailbox@lra.gov.ph <br> Room No.: 106
Publication of Notices SectionMs. Anna E. Cortez (Chief)Email: publication.notices@lra.gov.ph <br> Mobile No. 09998030469 <br> Room No.: 106
Documentation and Index SectionMs. Teresita N. Negrillo (Chief)Email: document.index1@gmail.com <br> Room No.: 105
Docket Vault SectionMr. Dexter O. Quiñones (Acting Chief)Email: docketvault.mailbox@lra.gov.ph <br> Mobile No.: 09194554933 <br> Room No.: 107

LEGAL SERVICE

Name of OfficeHeads of OfficeContacts/Location
Office of the DirectorAtty. Salvalente Thaddeus B. Elizalde (Acting Director in concurrent capacity)Email: legalservice.mailbox@lra.gov.ph <br> Mobile No.: 09989615654 / 09162140306 <br> Room No.: 405
Legal DivisionAtty. Salvalente Thaddeus Elizalde (Chief)Email: legal.division@lra.gov.ph <br> Mobile No.: 09194556348 <br> Room No.: 402
Land Registration Cases DivisionAtty. Joseph S. Dimaiyacan (Chief)Email: lrcd403@gmail.com <br> Mobile No.: 09194554914 <br> Room No.: 403
Reconstitution DivisionAtty. Jayferson F. Medrano (Acting Chief)Email: lra.reconstitution@gmail.com <br> Mobile No.: 09194554922 <br> Room No.: 301-302

LRA-CARP

Name of OfficeHeads of OfficeContacts/Location
Project ManagerAtty. Kay Kari Ann J. Gempis (Acting Project Manager in concurrent capacity)Email: lracarp.mailbox@lra.gov.ph <br> Mobile No.: 09209314486 <br> Room No.: 5th floor

This table provides an organized overview of different offices, their heads, and respective contacts/locations within the Land Registration Authority.

Conclusion:

In summary, the Land Registration Authority (LRA) has played a pivotal role in shaping and safeguarding the Philippines’ land ownership landscape. 

From its inception as the Court of Land Registration to its current status as a dynamic institution, the Land Registration Authority remains committed to providing secure and trustworthy land records.

With a rich history rooted in the Torrens System, the Land Registration Authority has adapted and evolved to meet the needs of a changing society. 

Today, its workforce of over 2500 employees actively contributes to the agency’s success, defending the integrity of the country’s land registration system.

As the Land Registration Authority continues to grow, it offers rewarding job opportunities for those seeking impactful careers. 

Join the Land Registration Authority in shaping the nation’s land ownership future and be part of an organization dedicated to excellence and national development. 

Explore the possibilities and consider a fulfilling career with the Land Registration Authority.

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Reference:

1. Land Registration Authority (Philippines) – Wikipedia. (n.d.). Retrieved from [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_Registration_Authority_(Philippines)]

2. Vision and Mission – Land Registration Authority. (n.d.). Retrieved from [https://lra.gov.ph/vision-and-mission/]

3. LRA Organizational Chart – Land Registration Authority. (n.d.). Retrieved from [https://lra.gov.ph/lra-organizational-chart/]4. Central Office Directory – Land Registration Authority. (n.d.). Retrieved from [https://lra.gov.ph/central-office-directory/]