The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) issued on March 6 Memorandum Circular Number 1, Series of 2015 in response to the impending need to fast track power generation projects.
The Circular contains a set of new guidelines for the processing of applications for conversion involving covered landholdings which are to be used as sites of urgent energy projects.
The new set of guidelines is a departure from the practice of returning to the concerned applicants those submissions with deficiencies.
Under DAR Administrative Order No. 1, Series of 2002 as well as DAR Memorandum Circular No. 2 Series of 2002, applications for conversion which have incomplete or insufficient submissions are not processed by the Department. Instead, such applications are immediately returned to the
applicants or to the representatives.
Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Luis Meinrado C. Pañgulayan said that while this amendatory Memorandum Circular was issued in recognition of the impending energy crisis in the country, he clarified that such an application must be accompanied by a Certification from the Department of Energy.
Notwithstanding the new approach, the application for conversion cannot be deliberated upon by the Committee on Conversion of DAR unless the requisite documents have been formally submitted and the application completed. What is eliminated is the former practice of returning deficient applications to the concerned applicants.