QUEZON CITY – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) today suspends certain provisions of DAR Administrative Order No. 5, series of 2017 after consultation with stakeholders as well as the members of the Policy Formulation and Review Committee (PRFC).
OIC- Secretary Rosalina L. Bistoyong suspends paragraph IV-B of Article 1 which states that “The submission or filing of a Petition for Protest of Coverage and/or Petition or Manifestation for Exemption or Exclusion shall not stop the continuation or completion of the LAD process which includes the installation of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs)”.
She suspends paragraph IV-C of Article II which states that “Despite the pendency of Protest against Coverage, a Petition for Exemption or Exclusion, or other agrarian law implementation (ALI) case, the LAD shall continue until all the identified ARBs have been successfully installed on the awarded land, unless otherwise suspended by the Secretary thru a Cease and Desist Order (CDO) or Status Quo Order or by the Supreme Court (SC) thru Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) or Preliminary Injunction”.
Bistoyong also suspends paragraph IV-E of Article III which states that “The filing of applications for conversion or the pendency of conversion proceedings shall not forestall the LAD process. Thus, all applications for conversion, involving agricultural lands or pending acquisition proceedings, shall be immediately denied to give way to the LAD process”.
“In the event that the Secretary revoked an existing Exemption, Exclusion or Conversion Order, the DAR shall immediately proceed with the LAD process up to installation notwithstanding the pendency of an appeal with the Office of the President (OP) or court unless suspended otherwise by the Secretary, OP or the SC” paragraph IV-G of Article IV she also suspended.
Bistoyong clarifies that all other provisions of DAR Administrative Order No. 5 Series of 2017 shall remain in force and effect while the aforequoted provisions shall remain suspended unless recalled by the Office.
She cited that the PRFC shall convene and undertake the consultation and review of the policy enunciated in the said Administrative Order and shall ensure the involvement of the DAR field officials, the CARP implementing agencies as well as the stakeholders from the landowners' sector and the sector of agrarian reform beneficiaries in the review process.
“The PRFC shall submit its final recommendations on the review of DAR Administrative Order No. 5 (S. 2017) to this Office on or before 1 March 2018,” she added.
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