The Department of Agrarian Reform has vowed to continue with zero-backlog case resolution and to provide assistance to Central Visayas.
Secretary Bernie Cruz promised to continue the OPLAN zero backlog thrust in the resolution of cases concerning the agrarian justice delivery program of the department.
He said he is fully supporting the authorization given by the DAR Adjudication Board vice-chairperson, Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Office Luis Meinrado Pangulayan, to the regular board members, lawyers Jim Coleto, Annabelle Madayag-Oandasan, and DARAB secretariat, to provide the technical and administrative assistance for the newly designated Central Visayas officer in charge/regional adjudicator Leilani Carmelita Magbanua.
“DARAB Region 7 and DARAB Negros Oriental momentarily incurred delay in the processing of the pending cases due to compulsory retirement from the services of RARAD Rosalio Kintanar on Sept. 17,” Cruz said.
“Notwithstanding the remaining limited period, it is our sectoral commitment to deliver agrarian justice in real-time, not only to sustain the gains of the OPLAN zero backlog but to go on with zero caseloads,” Pangulayan said.
In 2020, nine regions went zero caseload which included CAR, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, MIMAROPA, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, SOCSKSARGEn and CARAGA, together with the DARAB central office.
“In 2021, we expect the trend to accelerate for the zero caseload accomplishment both from the regions and DARAB central office. Our goal is for all regions together with DARABCO to go zero caseloads in line with the strict supervision from the Vice-Chair and in accordance with Memorandum Circular No. 27, series of 2020,” Manalaysay said.