Land Clinic In San Pedro
The residents of San Pedro - braved COVID exposure to getting their land situation fixed up.
The Ministry of Natural Resources had their mobile land clinic in the town today where they assist residents, especially first timers, on getting land titles. Minister Cordel Hyde said the process is not easy, and many tears were shed, but the ministry will continue this endeavor as long as they are in office.Channel 7
=====================Mobile Land Clinic assists San Pedranos with their land ownership concerns
From Wednesday, August 5th to the 6th, the Department of Lands and Surveys are hosting a two-day mobile land clinic in San Pedro Town at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium to provide administrative assistance to residents experiencing problems with their land documents. The land clinic is the first-ever on the island and will be tending to concerned residents from 9AM to 5PM each day. On the first day, a long line of islanders formed outside the auditorium, waiting for their turn to discuss their issue. The Minister of Natural Resources, Petroleum, and Mining, the Honourable Cordel Hyde, was on hand to provide the much-needed administrative assistance to those with questions. Area Representative the Honourable Andre Perez was also present along with members of the San Pedro Town Council.
Perez invites all persons with private land transactions who need assistance to visit the land clinic. These transactions include private land transfers, realtor and real estate sales, transactions between private individuals, and first-time land registration on the island. Other services also include restrictions such as dealing with actions involving land disputes, prescriptions, and squatter rights. Persons needing to pick up their completed land certificates can also collect them at the land clinic. Hyde explained that one of the main problems they have encountered is issuing land titles to people for land that belongs to someone else. “The way how the law is set up is that who owns the land first has perpetual ownership, and whosoever gets the title afterward doesn’t have that say,” said Hyde. According to the law, he explained that those disputing the ownership could take the government to court and demand compensation. One of the land clinic aims is not to repeat such cases, which can cost the government a lot of money in legal fees.Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun