THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has issued new rules and procedures governing the cancellation of registered emancipation patents (EPs), certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs), and other titles issued under the Agrarian Reform Program through Administrative Order 07, Series of 2014.
Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes said this amendatory administrative order is accordingly issued to highlight the indefeasibility of the EPs, CLOAs, and other titles distributed under Agrarian Reform, emphasize due process in the cancellation proceedings, streamline the cancellation process before the Agrarian Reform secretary, protect the interest of the farmer beneficiaries, and improve the access to justice of farmers before the DAR.
De los Reyes said the new administrative order applies to all cases involving involuntary cancellation of individually registered EPs, CLOAs, and other titles issued by the DAR under any Agrarian Reform Program.
He cited among others the following grounds for the cancellation of EPs, CLOAs, and other titles issued, such as retention area of the landowner; landholding is excluded or exempted from coverage of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, Presidential Decree 27, or any other agrarian reform laws; defective or irregular Notices of Coverage; the landholding falls under the exclusive authority of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources or the National Commission on Indigenous People.
Also, erroneously issued titles; nullification of DAR Clearance; misuse or diversion of financial and support services extended to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB); misuse of the land; material misrepresentation of the ARB’s basic qualifications; premature conversion by ARB.