DAR first gov’t agency compliant with Ease of Doing Business Act

Published March 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Czarina Nicole Ong Ki 

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is the first government agency that has complied with the Republic Act (RA) No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Government Efficient Delivery System Act.

Department of Agrarian Reform (MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of Agrarian Reform (MANILA BULLETIN)

This was revealed by Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) Director General Atty. Jeremiah Belgica at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) – Philippine National Police (PNP) Moral Transformation event held at Camp Crame, Quezon City last Sunday.

In his speech, Belgica said the zero backlog accomplishment of DAR is considered the first ARTA compliance by a government agency and he extended his congratulations to DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones for achieving this feat.

With this accomplishment, Castriciones hoped that the speedy resolution of agrarian cases under agrarian legal implementation and agrarian legal assistance would ease the tensions between and among farmer-beneficiaries and landowners.

In the past, DAR reported a zero backlog accomplishment on land acquisition and distribution cases after the department was able to solve 100 percent of its pending cases related to agrarian justice delivery.

The DAR took to heart President Duterte’s reminder that government agencies should process government transactions without delay and implement ARTA’s mandate for the efficient delivery of government service.

The 3-7-20 day specific processing time was established under RA 11032. This meant all government offices and agencies must comply with the prescribed processing time of three working days for simple transactions, seven working days for complex transactions, and 20 working days for highly technical applications.