DAR enables digital filing of land conversion requests

LAND REFORM Secretary John R. Castriciones said in a statement Monday that DAR (Department of Agrarian Reform) Administrative Order No.3, 2021 series now allows applicants for land conversion applications possibility of filing electronically.

Previously, all these requests and supporting documents had to be submitted personally by the applicant.

Mr Castriciones said alternative modes of enforcement have been adopted to ensure continued delivery of government services during the pandemic.

“The conversion request must be duly verified by the landowner or his authorized representative and must contain certifications that all supporting documents have been issued by the appropriate agencies,” said Mr. Castriciones.

“If the applicant chooses to file their application online, the applicant must provide the DAR with an electronic or electronic copy of the application with the corresponding annexes through the Land Use Cases Division-Helpdesk. agrarian legal (LUCD-BALA) in the event that the land requested for conversion is more than five hectares, or to the regional office concerned if the land requested for conversion is five hectares or less ”, he added. .

According to Mr. Castriciones, the electronic copy of the application and its annexes will only be accepted in a portable document format (PDF), while the time and date of receipt of the electronic application as indicated in the The email’s timestamp will be taken as the date and time of filing the request.

He added that the electronic filing must be sent to the official email address of LUCD-BALA or the relevant regional office, for it to be considered officially filed.

Mr Castriciones said the landowner or his authorized representative must apply for a bond to secure against the premature conversion of agricultural land.

He said if a conversion order is approved, the landowner must contact the registry of deeds regarding the location of the land within three days of receipt for an appropriate annotation on the certificate of title.

“In case of non-acceptance of an incomplete application, the Land Use Conversion Division or the Secretariat of the Regional Land Use Committee will issue a written statement or certificate and a response by email or letter. electronic notice (with duly recorded time stamp), in particular indicating the gaps or the reasons for the non-acceptance and the return of the request within five working days from the filing of the transformation request which will be part of the files of the request ”Said Mr. Castriciones.

“The payment of the filing fees, inspection fees and the deposit of a bond (in cash), related to the electronic filing of the request or the appeal, in the event of refusal of the regional director concerned, will be collected by through online banking and deposited at the Treasury Office. accounts to be provided by the central office of the DAR or the relevant regional office which will include an online assessment of the amount to be deposited and the specific account where the amount will be deposited, ”he added. – Revin Mikhael D. Ochave