By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is suspending case proceedings until April 13, 2020 due to the implementation of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.
DAR Secretary John Castriciones said the suspension of case proceedings before the DAR adjudication board (DARAB) and agrarian law implementation (ALI) will apply in Luzon, as well as in areas outside Luzon with related health emergency measures.
“The measures were adopted in compliance with Proclamation Nos. 929 and 922 (Series 2020) and the various memoranda issued from March 16 to 18 by the Executive Secretary mandating the enhanced community quarantine over the entire Luzon. This, as a result of the health emergency brought about by the need to control and eradicate the COVID-19 virus and the similar measures adopted by certain local government units outside Luzon,” Castriciones said.
DAR memorandum circular 1 pertaining to all ALI cases and memorandum circular 2 pertaining to proceedings and processes on DARAB cases were both signed by the DAR Secretary last March 18, 2020.
Castriciones issued the memorandum circulars upon the recommendation of Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Luis Meinrado Pangulayan and in consultation with DARAB and Bureau of Legal Assistance (BALA).
“The agrarian legal sector has reported a zero backlog of all DARAB and ALI cases last February of this year. The preparation, review and formulation of the recommendations for the actions to be taken on pending incidents in both ALI and DARAB cases will continue,” Pangulayan said.
“This is based on the alternative work arrangements adopted by the Agrarian Legal Sector,” he added.
The regional and provincial adjudicators, as well as the divisions under BALA in quarantined areas, are preparing their case resolutions and decisions from home, Castriciones said.