DAR issues AO to simplify process on land use conversion
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has issued guidelines and procedures to streamline the tedious process of application for land use conversion.
Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones has recently signed Administrative Order (AO) No. 01, Series of 2019 which will simplify processes on land use conversion.
DAR is mandated to approve or disapprove applications for land use conversion of agricultural lands to non-agricultural purposes pursuant to Section 65 of the Republic Act No. 6657, as amended by Executive No. 129-A, and paragraph (13), Section 3, Title XI of the Revised Administrative Code of 1987 (E.O. No. 292).
Castriciones disclosed that specific provisions of AO No.1, series of 2002 are amended to ensure the speedy disposition of the said cases.
One such example is that strictly no application shall be accepted, docketed and processed unless the documentary requirements for conversion grant are complete and sufficient in form and substance.
“When the agricultural land which is the subject of the application for conversion has been acquired under R.A. 6657, its conversion shall be allowed only if the applicant is the agrarian reform beneficiary thereof and the applicant upon conversion shall fully pay the price of the land,” reads another section of the new AO.
Also, electronic copies of land titles can now be used as basis for identifying the landholding and its registered owner subject of the application in lieu of a certified true copy of the title except for the following provinces and cities: Sulu (Jolo), Batanes (Basco), Cagayan (Tuao), Basilan (Isabela), Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, Silay City, Negros Occidental, Dapitan City and Province of Tawi-Tawi (Bongao).
Changes concerning requirements from other agencies and local government units are also outlined in the above mentioned AO.