ZERO BACKLOG. Department of Agrarian Reform-Ilocos regional director Primo Lara during the Kapihan sa Ilocos forum organized by the Philippine Information Agency-Ilocos on Monday (April 25, 2022). Lara said DAR has zero backlog in the agrarian cases. (Photo screenshot from PIA Ilocos regional office's livestream)

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) regional office said it has zero backlog in the agrarian law implementation cases and even with the Department of Agrarian Reform Adjudication Board (DARAB) as of January this year.
DAR Ilocos regional office director Primo Lara said the agency has been implementing since three years ago the zero backlog program introduced by then DAR Secretary John Castriciones.
“There are no more follow-ups with DAR as we are focused on zero backlog. If there are delays in the decision in some cases, these are isolated cases and there might be the reason for the delay in the decision,” he said in a forum organized by the Philippine Information Agency Ilocos regional office on Monday.
Lara said they are compliant with the ease of doing business law, as well as the Citizen’s Charter, among others.
“We continue with a good program like this and this is a milestone for us,” he added.
Lara urged the public to report to the agency if there are cases pending that are not yet addressed.
“We will issue sanctions (to) employees if found guilty of negligence in delivering services to agrarian beneficiaries,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lara said they are working on the individual parcelization of some 13,500 hectares of land under the collective certificates of land ownership awards (CCLOAs) in the Ilocos Region under the Support to Parcelization of Lands for Individual Titling (SPLIT) project.
In Ilocos Norte, some 3,300 hectares of land are set to be subdivided into individual titles, 2,262 hectares in Ilocos Sur, 1,042 hectares in Ilocos Norte, and 6,918 hectares in Pangasinan, he said.
“Ilocos Region is among the first regions included in the project. The other regions are Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) and Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula),” Lara said in a recent interview. (PNA)