DENR reduces 62% of backlog cases as it implements its ADRO Program

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources initiated its mediation program to address the rising number of land conflicts in 2016.  The CoRe Group trained over 220 personnel from across the country to form the roster of Alternative Dispute Resolution Officers (ADRO) for a period of 3 years.

The DENR ADR Secretariat, led by the Legal Services Unit Director Norlito Eneran, reported to Secretary Roy Cimatu in October 2019 that from a period of 1 year (covering January 2018 to 2019) they observed a 62% reduction of backlog of cases, particularly land conflicts.

In an article by the Manilla Bulletin dated October 10, 2019, Secretary Cimatu said in response to the report ““The days of long, drawn-out cases are finally numbered.”

The article further highlights the report by Director Eneran who states ““Almost 90 percent of our cases in the DENR are land cases and the parties involved in many of these are either relatives or neighbors.”  Such nature of cases makes Value-based Mediation the most suitable process to apply as it focuses on bridging broken relationships in communities.

“The CoRe Group is fully committed to continue our advocacy to strengthen mechanisms to address intractable land conflicts,” shares Mia Corpus, Executive Director.

Footnote:  “DENR reduces backlog of land dispute cases by 62%”, Manila Bulletin, 10 Oct 2019.