The proposal which will give free patent to owners of land in Boracay is likely to fail.
This is because the House Bill 4796, submitted by Aklan Representative Florencio Miraflores, a few days after being passed in the Congress and supported in the Senate by means of Senate Bill 3275, was blocked by Senator Sergio Osmeña.
The bill aims for the free registration of land to the name of the person who has been renting a land in Boracay.
Contained in the bill is the requirement that the land should not exceed twelve (12) hectares and the person who has been renting the land should have rented it for more or less thirty (30) years.
Although the bill is supported by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje, Osmeña blocked the bill with no apparent reason.
The House Bill 4796 is seen as a solution to the problem of land titling in Boracay.
Before thisOsmeña criticized Miraflores when the Senator blocked the Congressman’s proposed House Bill 3860 which aims to divide Aklan into two legislative districts.