DAR chief vows zero backlog on legal cases

Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones on Friday vowed to achieve a zero backlog on agrarian legal implementation cases in 2019.

Citing data from the Bureau of Agrarian Legal Assistance Division, the Department of Agrarian Reform, in 2018, was able to resolve 84.80 percent of its cancellation cases or 1,529 of 1,803 case loads.

The agency has also evaluated 3,241 out of the 3,601 case loads concerning cancellation without agrarian legal implementation cases.

The cases are now en route to their proper regional offices for final disposition, segregation, and transfer into individual certificates of land ownership awards.

“These cancellation cases go as far back as 2012. Secretary Castriciones has ordered us to step up our game in our bid to attain a zero backlog of agrarian cases,” Legal Affairs Undersecretary Luis Meinrado Pangulayan said.

He said the decided cancellation cases mostly involved collective CLOAs.

“We are fast-tracking these cases in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s preference to turn collective CLOAs into individual CLOAs,” he said.

Topics: John Castriciones , Department of Agrarian Reform , Bureau of Agrarian Legal Assistance Division , Luis Meinrado Pangulayan
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