By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has again postponed legal proceedings and processes for the agrarian law implementation (ALI) in areas under the extended enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
DAR Secretary John Castriciones on Tuesday said that ALI cases remain suspended until May 15 in the National Capital Region, Central Luzon, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Pangasinan, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Albay and Catanduanes, Benguet, Antique, Iloilo, Cebu, Cebu City, Aklan, Capiz, Davao del Norte, and Davao City.
“All scheduled hearings, on-site inspection and investigations, meetings, dialogues, mediation conferences and other proceedings in the said areas pursuant to the regular or special ALI rules are suspended until May 15, 2020,” Castriciones said.
He said the proceedings will be rescheduled by the respective DAR offices with proper notice to the concerned parties or based on the agreements of the involved parties upon the lifting of the ECQ and resumption of regular government operations.
Castriciones explained that the filing of petitions and appeals, motions, pleadings and other submissions involving all regular and special ALI cases that fall due during the ECQ or up to May 15, 2020 is extended for 30 calendar days, counted from May 18, 2020, unless the period of quarantine is again extended.
“The period of suspension of the regular and special ALI proceedings shall be lifted on May 15, 2020, unless a new extension of the ECQ is announced,” he added.
He noted that all DAR offices within areas under ECQ, will not accept any correspondences, written queries, appearances, petitions, appeals, motions, applications, or any submissions filed under the DAR ALI or DAR Special ALI Rules until the ECQ is lifted and full government operations have resumed.
He added that the guidelines involving the regular and special ALI procedures and processes may be subject to change as the situation may permit depending on the future directives that will be issued by the Office of the President or the Inter-Agency Task Force in connection with the current ECQ implementation.