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June 26, 2017 201

DAR officials, employees reach 'agreement' on 4-year row

MANILA -- Agrarian reform officials and employees have reached an agreement that would end their four-year row over the plight of 10,000 department employees nationwide who were displaced under the government’s rationalization scheme. Read More..
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Jun 12, 2017 113

Food firm’s complaint vs DAR officials junked

The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed a graft complaint filed by the Lapanday Foods Corporation (LFC) against Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano and Undersecretary Luis Pañgulayan. Read More..
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May 30, 2017 304

DAR amends rules on adjudication of agrarian law…

TO ensure a just, inexpensive and expeditious determination of agrarian cases, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has amended its rules on adjudication of cases involving agrarian law implementation (ALI). Read More..
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May 30, 2017 178

Luisita farmers to stay as lot owners

AGRARIAN Secretary Rafael Mariano said on Friday that farmer-beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita Inc. will stay as owners of lots under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. Read More..

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DAR amends rules on adjudication of agrarian law implementation

business mirrorTO ensure a just, inexpensive and expeditious determination of agrarian cases, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has amended its rules on adjudication of cases involving agrarian law implementation (ALI). Agrarian Reform  Secretary Rafael V. Mariano signed the 2017 Rules of Procedure for ALI cases, which, in effect, amended DAR Order  03, Series of 2003.

In a news statement released on Monday, Mariano said the rules shall govern, among others, all cases arising from or involving classification and identification of landholdings for coverage under the Agrarian Reform Program and the initial issuance of certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) and emancipation patents (EPs), including protests or oppositions and petitions for lifting of such coverage.

He also added the classification, identification, inclusion, exclusion, qualification or disqualification of potential or farmer-beneficiaries, subdivision surveys of land under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program and other agrarian cases, disputes, matters or concerns referred by the secretary to the regional director, other DAR officials, or in other cases where the secretary assumes jurisdiction.

Under the new rules, the DAR regional director shall exercise primary jurisdiction over all ALI cases, except when a separate special rule vest primary jurisdiction in a different DAR office. However, the secretary shall exercise appellate jurisdiction over all ALI cases, and may delegate the resolution of appeals to any undersecretary.

Mariano disclosed that when an ALI case raises a prejudicial issue, such issue being adjudication board case, the secretary or regional director shall dismiss without prejudice the case pending resolution of the prejudicial question.

“Appeals to the secretary shall be given due course on the decision of the regional director on serious errors in the findings of facts or conclusion of law, which may cause grave and irreparable damage or injury to the appellant or coercion, fraud or clear graft and corruption in the issuance of a decision,” Mariano said.

He added that a party may file only one motion for reconsideration of the decision of the secretary or deciding authority within a nonextendible period of 15 days from receipt of the secretary’s decision.

Mariano said appeals from the decision of the secretary may be taken to the Office of the President within fifteen days from receipt thereof.

He said orders/decisions/resolution shall become final and executory after the lapse of 15 days from the receipt by the last recipient of an official copy thereof and no motion for reconsideration nor appeal therefrom.

“Execution shall issue automatically as a matter of course upon finality of the case. The regional director shall issue the necessary certificate of finality within five days from date of finality of a case,” Mariano added.

Source: http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/dar-amends-rules-on-adjudication-of-agrarian-law-implementation/