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DENR underscores partnership with GEP

By PURIFICACION S. DALOOS
April 8, 2010

TACLOBAN CITY  –  The Department of Environment and Natural Resources underscored the Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines (GEP), Inc. Eastern Visayas Division, as an important partner in carrying out the department’s mandate of environmental protection and natural resources conservation.

In its 35th Annual Regional Convention held last March 25-26, 2010 at the Asia Convention Center, DENR Regional Executive Director Primitivo C. Galinato Jr., stressed that the Department has always been counting on the expertise of geodetic engineers (GEs) in land surveying. “Geodetic engineers’ role in surveying, mapping and cartography helps us in our actions and decisions towards the management and disposition of public lands,” RED Galinato says.

In his keynote address, RED Galinato disclosed important milestones in land disposition such as the signing into law of RA 10023 – An Act authorizing the issuance of Free Patents to residential lands by Pres. Gloria Arroyo. “With this law, landowners will no longer go through the long process of titling through judicial proceeding or buying their land from the government through sales patent,” he says.

Also, recognizing that professional merit is necessary in addressing environmental issues such as climate change, RED Galinato urged the geodetic engineers to be champions of the environment. “GEs could be instruments in bringing about tangible changes that will save our planet and make it safe and secure for generations to come,” he quips.

Finally, RED Galinato lauded the association for providing services for one of the most important social and economic asset, land. As partners, he urged the geodetic engineers to continue demonstrating competence in land surveying and be consistent in practicing ethical behavior. “Let error-free surveys become shining testaments of the professional excellence that you have established during the past 35 years,” he says.

This year’s GEP Convention was anchored on the theme “Building the Edifice of Professional Excellence.” The GEP Inc. Eastern Visayas Division was established in 1975, it has a total of 153 members to date.