Application for Free Patent (Agricultural)

A free patent is a mode of disposition of public agricultural land where an incomplete and imperfect title over a parcel of land is legalized.

Name of Agency

DENR Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) to Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO)

Frontline Services

Application for  Free Patent (Agricultural)

Schedule of Availability of Service:

Monday to Friday

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. without noon break


Application Fee: P50.00

Documentary Stamp: P15.00 per document

Cadastral Cost (depending on the size of the area and  number of corners, etc.)

Who May Avail the Service:

External Customer

How to Avail the Service



Customer Activity


DENR Action


Office/Person Responsible/Location




Documentary Requirements


Amount of Fees


1 Inquire status of the lot being
applied for free patent
Verify status of land whether titled or not and/or claimed by others Administrative Aide VI/OIC, Records Unit 30 minutes (manual)

Note: 5 minutes, using LAMS Application

1. Letter Request
2. Any document showing identity of land (e.g. lot number, survey card, tax declaration, Deed of Sale, etc.)
3. Certified True Copy of Approved Survey Plan , Technical Description or Cadastral Map
4. Tax declaration, Proof of payment of taxes
5. Certfication from the Barangay that he/she is a resident in the area.
Determine Land Classification Status (whether A and D, or not) Engineer II 1 Hour
Sign and approve Certification of Status of Land CENR Officer 10 minutes
Provide to the applicant/s the following:

1. Checklist of Requirements

2. Free Patent Application Form and other prescribed forms

3. Advice on the procedures

LMO/LMI 10 minutes
























File application with complete
supporting documents 


















Receive application, record, index and assign control number






















Administrative Aide VI/OIC, Records Unit






















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Duly accomplished Free Patent Application and prescribed forms, with the following attached documents:
1. Proof of Claims/Ownership of the Land
2. Certified True Copy of Approved Survey Plan or Cadastral Map
3.Copy of technical description
4. Affidavit of two (2) disinterested persons residing in the barangay of the city or municipality where the land is located attesting that the applicant thereof has either by himself or through his predecessors-in interest, actually resided on and continuously possessed and occupied under a bonafide claim of acquisition of ownership, the subject land for at least ten (10) years
5.Certification from the Regional Trial Court concerned that there is no pending land registration case involving the parcel being applied for
6. Certification from LGU that the area applied for is zoned as Residential
7. Certification from CENRO that the land is A and D
8. Affidavit stating that the land is the only land applied for by the applicant.
9. Government issued ID of applicant and representative (Postal, Voter’s, GSIS, LTO, PhilHealth, Senior Citizen’s, SSS, etc.)
10. Latest photograph of land and house (preferably geo-tagged)
11. Latest photograph of the applicant and representative
Compute Fees and prepare Order of Payment LMO/LMI 5 minutes
3 Pay corresponding fee and
documentary stamp
Receive payment and issue Official Receipt Credit Officer 10 minutes • Application Fee (P50.00)
• Documentary Stamp
(P15.00 per document)
•Cadastral Cost (depending on the size of the area and number of corners, etc.)
Conduct investigation on the land being applied for and submit investigation report with geo-tagged photos LMO/LMI 1 day
Prepare Notices and letter to the barangay, municipality or city, applicant LMO/LMI 30 minutes
Sign notices and letters CENR Officer 5 minutes
Post Notices LMO/LMI 15 Days
(as required by Commonwealth Act 141: Public Land Act)
4 Submit Proof of Posting from the Barangay, Applicant, CENRO Prepare and process patent:
• Prepare B.L. Form 700-2A
LMO/LMI 30 minutes
• Prepare Order of Approval and Issuance of Patent UWI, Tree Marker 30 minutes
• Type Judicial Forms and Technical Descriptions and Prepare Indorsement to PENRO UWI, Tree Marker 1 hour and 30 minutes
• Verify and certify the correctness of the Technical Description Engineer, UWI 30 minutes
• Review FPA (Preliminary) LMO 30 minutes
• Review and Initial Patent and Sign Indorsement to PENRO CENR Officer 30 minutes
• Transmit carpeta to PENRO Administrative Aide VI/OIC, Records Unit 2 Days (depends on the location of PENRO)

*In Case no CENRO in the area