The operations of the Department of Agrarian Reform Adjudication Board (DARAB) have been suspended as the DAR premises in Quezon City remain under lockdown due to positive cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the department.
The DAR Central Office, including its regional offices 4-A and 4-B, located inside the DAR compound in Quezon City, are on lockdown from July 15 to Aug. 2 to undergo extensive disinfection of all its offices, especially those offices where walk-ins and inquiries were being accommodated.
“We are strictly following the health protocols set by the Department of Health. That is why this two-week lockdown would allow our employees, especially those found positive with COVID, to rest and recuperate and undergo the required 14-day quarantine,” DAR Secretary John Castriciones said.
“But even if we are on lockdown, we have set-up alternative ways so that the DARAB Secretariat office can still serve its clients,” he said.
DARAB Executive Director Roland Manalaysay said all inquiries or requests pertaining to DARAB case may be submitted via online platforms through its Gmail address [email protected] and Facebook Page: DARAB Secretariat.
“For those requesting for certified true copies of documents, they will only be acted on after the lockdown has been lifted,” he pointed out.
He also said that for purposes of filing a petition before the Court of Appeals, upon request by the party or counsel, the DARAB Secretariat may issue a certification or attestation as to the official interruption on the delivery of the requested physical document.
Manalaysay added that for those who have attempted to place a request and physically visited the DAR premises from July 15 to July 17, they must have properly logged-in their appearance before the Public Assistance and Information Center frontline service point person, indicating the date of visit, case number, case title, and their specific purpose.
“During this lockdown, we discourage the personal filing of petition and complaint or other motions. Instead, we encourage such pleadings or motions be coursed through online or via registered mail, in sufficient substance and forms as prescribed by the DARAB Rules of Procedure,” Manalaysay said.
The suspension protocol is effective during the period of the department’s lockdown from July 15 to Aug. 2 or until further notice.