In the continuous efforts of DENR XII to address the need of mediation and conflict resolution among parties involved in the disposition of land claims and conflicts, the department through its Legal Division celebrated the National Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Day 2021 with the theme, “Pagkakaunawaan para sa Kalikasan at Likas na Yaman.” on December 15, 2021 at the DENR XII Function Hall, Koronadal City and via Zoom online platform.
The goal of the intensified conduct of ADR in Region XII is to become part of next year’s Top Performing Region in terms of ADR Program.
In his Opening Message, DENR XII Regional Executive Director (RED) Atty. Felix S. Alicer emphasized the important roles of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Officers (ADRO’s) in the ADR program.
“The best solution is the win-win solution in terms of land conflicts. The ADRO’s needed to be trained and should be knowledgeable of the laws in dealing with the case at hand.
As ADRO’s, they should familiarize the basic principles of law. ADR is a skill in mediation. You have that skill if in a particular group, you could pacify it then you should have the listening skills –the ability to listen. May we improve the ADR process.” He said.
RED Alicer also emphasized the significance of decision-making on legal matters.
On the other hand, the focal person for DENR XII ADR-Legal Division, Atty. III, Atty. Mae Fretzel Deadio presented the accomplishments and the updates on the benchmarking for DENR XII ADR. She also facilitated the awarding of certificates of recognition and the winners for the best ADRO’s.
The following winners are: Second Placer – Ms. Annie Clair Tejam of CENRO Banga, First Placer – Mr. Wenie Vergara of CENRO Glan, and the Best ADRO – Engr. Taric Pananggilan of CENRO Kalamansig who had six proceedings, to which out of those six, concluded two successful proceedings.
Atty. Deadio also highlighted that for the Calendar Year 2021-2022; only DENR XII has conducted ADR proceedings among other regions despite the global pandemic.
Also present during the program were some of the PENRO’s, CENRO’s, and the newly-designated ADRO’s who also celebrated ADR Day virtually.
The ADR procedure was implemented by the department pursuant to Republic Act 9285 or the Alternative Dispute Resolution Act of 2004 and Executive Order 523, instituting the Use of ADR in the Executive Department of the Government.
ADR is necessary for the operations of DENR since December 2016 with the issuance of DENR Administrative Order 2016-30 calling for the establishment of mechanisms and tools for ADR in the disposition of land claims and conflicts, the organization of a pool of ADROs, and the creation of a committee and secretariat tasked to implement the ADR process.| (With photos from RSCIG) #DENRADRDAY2021