The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently conducted a seminar for DAR lawyers and adjudicators to update them with the current developments in agrarian reform laws, jurisprudence and administrative issuances for them to be responsive and effective in the delivery of agrarian cases.
A total of 204 lawyers and adjudicators of the Department gathered at the Sequoia Hotel in Quezon City for a five-day live-in uniquely customized seminar that squarely addressed their specific needs for their professional enhancement and skills development.
In partnership with the Institute for the Administration of Justice of the University of the Philippines Law Center, the seminar tackled major issues and concerns usually encountered by DAR legal personnel, which included legal framework for smallholder business organizations, issues on Financial Rehabilitation and Insolvency Act (FRIA), credit, insurance and tax in agrarian reform, the documentation of land acquisition and distribution (LAD) cases and the latest DAR Administrative Orders and transferability laws.
Also discussed were inter and intra-corporate dispute of non- stock and non-profit corporation, updates on civil service decisions, rules and regulations, judicial affidavit rule and decision writing, pre-writing, drafting and revising pleadings and court documents, procurements laws and updates on the cooperative code, among others.
Aside from Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes, well-known and respected individuals in their fields of expertise took turns in presenting before DAR legal personnel their views on the various topics stated earlier. They included Court of Appeals Justice Maria Filomena D. Singh, ASG Renan E. Ramos of Office of the Solicitor General, Deputy Administrator Robert Nomar V. Leyretana of Land Registration Administration, Augusto P. Quijano, agrarian reform advocate and Dean Jose Manuel I. Diokno of DLSU Law.
The seminar, a project of the Undersecretary of Legal Affairs Office (ULAO) in coordination with the Agrarian Reform Capacity Development Service (ARCDS), was developed to enhance the knowledge of DAR lawyers and adjudicators on agrarian laws, jurisprudence and related administrative issuances, thus strengthen agrarian justice delivery.