Ever since the Philippines was connected to the Internet in 1994, we’ve come a long way from 28kbps dial-up connections upto the fiber-optic speed and LTE connections today.
Somewhere in between, specifically in the early 2000s, the Republic Act 8792, also known as the Electronic Commerce Act, mandated every department of the government to establish an online presence. The aim is to help the public get easier access to information, as well as help them communicate easily to the public servants.
Recent years have seen a lot of technological advances among major government agencies. For one, we have witnessed recent progress of the license renewal process going online under the Land Transportation Office (LTO), and, on another, the ease provided by the online scheduling for NBI clearance, as well as passport application and renewal.
However, this shift to the Internet has not been particularly easy for the country. The lack of stable internet connection has considerably slowed down the progress due to restraints of our geographical location. As a nation composed of different islands, it is particularly challenging to create and connect the fiber optics framework that can support a faster connection.
This geographical challenge is also the reason behind many Filipinos’ struggles when it comes to processing their documents. Case in point: the processing of land registration transaction across the archipelago. Title holders are usually faced with the unnecessary troubles of having to travel to the respective registry office where their property is located just to obtain a Certified True Copy of a land title. Needless to say, this process is not only expensive–especially if the said land is located on a different island–but time-consuming as well.
This has been the scheme of things until the Land Registration Authority launched its Anywhere-to-Anywhere (A2A) online program back in 2012; which we featured last month.
The online shift allows title holders the faculty of requesting for their Certified True Copy (CTC) titles by visiting the Registry of Deeds office nearest to them, filling up a form, and claiming it on the same branch after it has been processed.
For easier applications, the LRA has continually worked on expanding its online reach by establishing satellite offices all over the country. Out of the 164 registry offices scattered nationwide, 159 offices are already computerized and ready to provide A2A services.
The launch of A2A follows the heels of LRA’s Online Tracking System (LOTS) which lets title holders check the status of their transactions. The digital service, which can be accessed through the department’s website, sets the pace on the online expansion of LRA’s other services. In the pipeline are other digital projects like the LRA Aksyon Agad Center, e-Title service, Parcel Verification Service, Lot Location Service, Title Trace Back Service, and Geo-Spatial services.
Currently, the LRA is focused on improving their A2A project by expanding their reach nationwide. The ultimate objective is to incapacitate every land owners and those property buyers for the first time to process easy and convenient registration transaction anywhere in the 7,107 islands in the Philippines.