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PIA Press Release
2010/07/29

DAR chief vows justice and fairness to all stakeholders

Davao City (29 July) -- Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes has assured all agrarian reform program major stakeholders that his administration would be just and fair to all when it comes to deciding land dispute cases.

Delos Reyes made this clear in a dialogue with farmer-beneficiaries recently at the DAR Human Resource Development Center even as he encouraged all concerned parties to feel free to visit his office and offer comments and/or suggestions on how a case would be tackled to ensure that his decision would be acceptable to all.

"Let it be known to all that in deciding cases I will make sure that our decision will be beneficial to all, and just and fair as well," he said.

Delos Reyes, who claimed to have passion in studying and in teaching, gave farmer-beneficiaries a glimpse of what his administration would be when he tossed to them a problem-solving situation involving an imaginary agrarian case in a bid to solicit suggestions on how to tackle the issues surrounding the case.

"Please do help me in resolving this case without, however, prejudicing the interest of other beneficiaries," the DAR chief said, referring to a situation on how to divide a certain properties among beneficiaries, some with lean and other with bloated family members.

Delos Reyes raised this scenario, saying that there are cases that are similarly situated and the questions often raised are whether the land should be subdivided according to the number of families or to the number of individuals qualified to become beneficiaries under existing laws.

"What if one family has only one child and the other has more than one child and also has relatives and/or friends who were temporarily allowed to occupy certain areas within the subject property?" he asked.

"Rest assured that I will always take into account your comments and/or suggestions before I affix my signature on all cases made available on my table," he said. (DAR XI) [top]

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