1. Type of Ownership

The indigenous people of Sablan have always possessed the land they occupy under the concept of ownership regardless of land classification issued by the government. Land titling was foreign to them that many could not understand why they need to apply for land titles to show proof of their ownership over the lands they occupy. Few have successfully acquired land titles since the American period due to intricate requirements that should be complied. The practice therefore was to declare the area being occupied at the municipal government where they are issued Tax Declaration papers although the documents are for tax purposes only.