CASE DIGEST: Director of Lands v. Funtilar (G.R. No. 68533)

FACTS: Where the land sought to be registered was declared alienable and disposable 33 years ago, and is no longer a forest land, and the same has been possessed and cultivated by the applicants and their predecessors for at least three generations.

HELD: The attempts of humble people to have disposable lands they have been tilling for generations titled in their names should not only be viewed with an understanding attitude but should, as a matter of policy, be encouraged. (Director of Lands, et al. v. Funtilar, et al. G.R. 68533. May 23, 1986)

SOURCE: Edgardo L. Paras (2008). Civil Code Of The Philippines Annotated (Volume IV). 16th Edition, 1018 pages. Published 2008 by Rex Book Store (first published 1959). 9789712350665.