Gov’t Distributes 2,706 Land Certificates in NTT Province
As part of the working visit to East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Wednesday (21/8) at the office of Kupang Regent distributed 2,706 land certificates to the residents.
In his introductory remarks, the President told the residents that land certificate is a legal proof of property ownership which states name of the owner, as well as location and area of the land.
“With land certificates, someone cannot easily claim to own land because in the certificate the name of the owner, location, and area of land are written down. It will reduce (land) disputes,” the President said.
On that occasion, the President also instructed those who want to use land certificates as a collateral for bank loan to think carefully beforehand and assess themselves whether or not they can pay the installment every month.
“If you don’t think you can do it, do not take the loans. Even if you take the loan, use the money on productive purposes for example as a capital to start business,” the President said, adding that the recipients must not use the money to buy car or motorcycle.
“Once again, keep the certificate safe at home. If you think you need to use the certificate to take bank loan, use the money to improve your prosperity,” he asserted.
In the meantime, Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning (ATR)/ Head of National Land Agency (BPN) Sofyan Djalil reported to the President that out of 2,321,452 parcels of land in East Nusa Tenggara province, 1,233,253 parcels of land (53.12 percent) have been certified. “All parcels of land in the province are expected to be certified by 2025,” Sofyan said.
The Minister went on to say that 3,720 hectares of land which its certificate for the right to cultivate land (HGU) was held by PT Panggung Guna Ganda Semesta (PGGS) is now declared as an idle land and state land reserve.
Approximately 60 percent of the land or about 2,232 hectares will be utilized by the regional government of East Nusa Tenggara in Rights of Management scheme, while the remaining 1,488 hectares will be used for Land Redistribution program in which the BPN has issued 2,244 certificates for the residents. (HEN/AGG/ES)
Translated by : Rany Anjany Subachrum
Edited by: M. Ersan Pamungkas