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The Franciscan Youths (YOUFRA) of Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor: Feeling triumphant after giving their share to the community. Tree planting and clean up activities are one of the regular activities of these youth to help mitigate the adverse effects of climate change following their weekly formation at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor. (pia-siquijor/Rizalie Anding Calibo)
Central Visayas Region

PIA Press Release
Monday, January 02, 2012

C. Visayas produces the 1st grads of DAR mediators nationwide

by Fayette C. Riñen

CEBU CITY, Jan. 2 (PIA) – Central Visayas produced the first graduates of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) trainings nationwide conducted by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

The 37 graduates composed of lawyers, legal officers and municipal agrarian reform officers are now certified ADR mediators after they were given certificates of completion and accreditation as ADR mediators signed by DAR Sec. Virgilio de los Reyes.

The DAR held the series of trainings in compliance with RA 9285 or the country’s law providing for ADR.

Apart from handling DAR cases, the ADR mediators can also resolve other disputes particularly on land issues.

Only 37 out of the 59 participants in region 7 were able to complete the trainings done in four phases. The last phase involved included an internship wherein participants were made to handle actual mediation cases in the various towns and cities in Central Visayas.

DAR will continue to hold ADR trainings in other regions throughout the country to be able to provide speedy resolution to DAR-related case and land disputes through professional, skilled and objective ADR mediators, this is said. (PIA-Cebu with PR from DAR)

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