VILLARICO V. COURT OF APPEALS
309 SCRA 193
FACTS:Spouses Villarico sought for the confirmation of title over a parcel of land to which they allege that they absolutely own the land. This was opposed to by a person who posed himself also to be the rightful owner of the land, as well as by the Director of Forestry who said that the subject land is part of forest land and may not be appropriated. Trial and appellate court dismissed application of petitioners.
HELD:There has been no showing that a declassification has been made of the land in question as disposable or alienable. And the record indeed disclosed that applicants have not introduced any evidence which would have led the court a quo to rule otherwise.
Forest lands cannot be owned by private persons. Possession thereof, no matter how long doesn’t ripen to a registrable title. The adverse possession which may be the basis of a grant or title or confirmation of an imperfect title refers only to alienable or disposable portions of the public domain.