In photo are (from right) Legal Affairs Undersecretary Luis Meinrado C. Pangulayan, BALA Director Marjorie Ayson, and legal sector staff. Supplied Photo
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is on track this 2019 to achieve a zero backlog on Agrarian Legal Implementation (ALI) cases. This following the resolution of most of its cancellation cases last year.
According to its Bureau of Agrarian Legal Assistance, the DAR in 2018 resolved 84.80% of its cancellation cases or 1,529 of 1,803 caseloads.
The agency has also evaluated 3,241 out of the 3,601 caseloads concerning cancellation without ALI cases. These are now en route to their respective regional offices for final disposition, segregation and transfer into individual Certificates of Land Ownership Awards (CLOA).
“These cancellation cases go as far back as 2012. Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones has ordered us to step up our game in our bid to attain a zero backlog of agrarian cases,” DAR Legal Affairs Undersecretary Luis Meinrado Pangulayan said.
Pangulayan 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,” Pangulayan said.
“Individual CLOAs are better because they enable farmer-beneficiaries to have a clear and defined ownership of parcels of land. This is unlike collective CLOAs where a group of farmers owns the land,” he added.
Early last year, Castriciones directed the legal sector of DAR to simplify and shorten legal proceedings by doing away with unnecessary steps that only contribute to the delay in the resolution of cases.
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