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LAMP gets cash boost

Published:Saturday | August 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM
These persons recently were presented with certificates of title under the Land Administra-tion and Management Programme at the Linstead Baptist Church in St Catherine. - File

More than 3,000 Jamaicans have so far received titles for their lands under the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP).

Many others are expected to receive their titles now that LAMP has received an injection of US$2 million from the Korean Cadastral and Survey Company. The money will boost LAMP's capacity to deliver on its mission.

The Local Government Division of the Office of the Prime Minister, through Geoland Limited, a Jamaican company, is now planning to revamp the entire system, which would lead to an increase in titling and certification.

"Once land occupiers understand the benefits they can accrue from ownership, they will move quickly to acquire a title," declared Robert Montague, the minister with responsibility for local government.

Removes uncertainty

"Land registration removes uncertainty about whether or not landowners can reap the benefits from any long-term investment. The public must take full advantage of the opportunity to get titled; it is their entitlement," added Montague.

LAMP, which has been in operation since 2000, moved into Phase 1 of the issuing of titles in 2008.

Phase II was launched in St Elizabeth recently, based on studies which show that the parish has the greatest percentage of unregistered parcels, about 44,000. LAMP is targeting about 12,000 of these.

Already, 600 applications have been received for titles in the parish where mass cadastral surveying of communities is now under way.

It is estimated that there are more than 800,000 parcels of land in Jamaica, of which only about half are registered and titled.

However, recent LAMP surveys suggest that, as a result of informal subdivisions, the number of land parcels may have grown to 1.5 million or more.

The National Land Policy has identified the insecurity of land tenure as a major national problem in Jamaica.