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DAR chief seeks zero-backlog in agrarian cases

Manila (23 January) -- Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman has ordered the DAR Adjudication Board (DARAB) and the Legal Affairs Office to simplify and shorten legal proceedings to attain zero-backlog in agrarian cases within the five-year duration of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program extension with reform (CARPer).

Pangandaman told them to do away with some unnecessary legal steps that contribute only to the delay in resolving cases.

"We've got to do something to hasten the resolution of cases, some of them are potential powder keg," he stressed.

Pangandaman said as many as 10,000 cases are still pending before the DAR and the DARAB. He added that he is particularly disturbed with those so-called "Monalisa," referring to aged cases.

Pangandaman said priority should be given to land acquisition and distribution-related cases, flashpoint and cases involving bigger hectarage in the disposition and resolution of cases.

He also directed DARAB and the Legal Affairs Office to link arms with the Field Operations Office, ensuring that their staffs are constantly interacting with each other through problem-solving workshops to determine as early as possible potential legal problems.

The DAR chief said his office is exploring various legal measures aimed at speeding up the delivery of agrarian justice in a bid to attain an ambitious zero-backlog within the duration of the agrarian reform program's five-year extension period.

One legal strategy that works well and pleases him, he said, is the classification of cases according to their age where older cases get the highest priority.

He however, cautioned them to ensure the adaptability and flexibility of all legal measures being considered, especially in cases that are as complex as those flashpoint cases in Negros Occidental and other highly volatile areas. (DAR XI/PIA XI) [top]

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