Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano has issued procedures and requirements for the issuance of certificates of finality for agrarian law implementation (ALI), land use and cancellation case decisions of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) chief and the regional directors to further speed up the resolutions of agrarian cases in the department.
“In order to foster a just, inexpensive and speedy determination of various agrarian cases, we issue this memorandum circular,” Mariano said.
Under Memorandum Circular No. 01, Series of 2017, the authority to issue certificates of finality are only limited to the Directors IV of Bureau of Agrarian Legal Assistance (BALA), Bureau of Land Tenure Improvement (BLTI), and the Regional Directors.
The DAR Chief emphasized that the certificate of finality would only be issued by the regional directors upon certification by the BALA Director that no appeal or action was filed on the said decision.
Mariano said the original copy of certificate of finality would be in the safety of the department’s case records while certified true copies would be furnished to all the parties involved in the case.
“The BALA, Public Assistance and Information Center (PAIC), and the regional office legal divisions are required to post within their premises notice indicating the requirements and process flow of the procedures within 20 days from the effectivity of the circular. The Public Affairs and Media Relations Service (PAMRS), on the other hand, shall post the same notice in the DAR website within the same period,” Mariano said.
Mariano said that this Memorandum in effect revokes Memorandum Circular No. 4, Series of 2016, which is guidelines governing landholdings that are for inclusion in or deduction from the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with extension reform (CARPer) land acquisition and distribution database, including all other orders, circulars, rules and regulations and issuances or portions inconsistent with this memorandum.
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