Govt Distributes 2,050 Land Certificates in Bangkalan
President Joko Jokowi Widodo on Wednesday (19/12) at the office of Bangkalan Regent handed over 2,050 land certificates to residents of Bangkalan, Madura island, East Java Province.
The recipients of land certificates came from 4 municipalities/regencies: 1,350 from Bangkalan, 300 from Sampang and 400 from Surabaya.
On that occasion, Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning/Head of the National Land Agency (BPN) Sofyan Djalil reported that there are 19,498,377 estimated parcels of land in East Java, 8,771,138 of which (44.9%) are registered and 10,727,239 parcels of land (55.1%) are not registered.
“Today, the Government distributes 220,000 land certificates to all residents of East Java, including 2,050 certificates for residents of Madura,” Sofyan Djalil said.
For the record, 1,570,000 land certificates in East Java Province is targeted to be finished in 2018 and all parcels of land in the province is targeted to be certified in 2023.
President Jokowi in his remarks explained the reason for the acceleration of land certificate distribution. According to him, he often received many reports regarding land disputes every time he went to various regions in Indonesia for working visit.
“The land certificate is a legal evidence to our land possession.” the President said, adding that the certificate will prevent land dispute.
President Jokowi also reminded the recipients of the certificates to keep their certificates well by covering them with plastic folder and copying the certificates. He also appealed to the public to be wiser if they want to use the certificate as bank collateral and to use the loan for productive purposes only.
If you want to use your certificate as loan collateral, please calculate the installments. Use every penny of it as working capital, the President said.
After delivering his remarks, President Jokowi engaged in conversation with two certificate recipients, Mashuri and Suprapti. They said that they have not registered their parcels of land before because they did not have money to pay the administrative charge and now the process for the issuance of their land certificates is quick and free of charge.
Also present during the event were Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning/Head of the National Land Agency (BPN) Sofyan Djalil, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Governor of East Java Soekarwo, and Deputy Regent of Bangkalan Mohni. (BPMI/EN)
Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Edited by: Mia Medyana