Land Registry Program Helping Hundreds

sretasok village, Takeo pro­vince – Under a pilot program implemented by the Ministry of Land Management, 111 families here have received land-title certificates that will protect their legal property rights and could reduce future land grabs.

During a ceremony here Tuesday, Minister of Cabinet Sok An said the certificates should reduce land disputes and land grabbing, and bring more security to property owners.

The village has had only minor land disputes, according to Sretasok village chief Sin Sokly, but the new land certificates would be “indispensable” in solving disagreements over property. The village was chosen for the pilot program because disputes over the years have not been too serious.

Sin Sokly said 556 land-title certificates have been issued so far throughout Samrong district.

To provide certificates to the whole country would cost $100 million, including human expertise and technology expenses, Sok An said. The Council of Min­isters has approved a 272-article land-ownership law that is scheduled to go to the National Assem­bly for adoption, but a date has not yet been set for debate.



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