One of the Major Final Outputs of DAR is the Agrarian Legal Services (ALS). This is complemented with two programs, namely: agrarian legal assistance (ALA) under the Bureau of Agrarian Legal Assistance (BALA) and adjudication of agrarian cases under the Department of Agrarian Reform Adjudication Board (DARAB).
Under RA 6657, DAR is vested with the primary jurisdiction to determine and adjudicate reform matters and to extend free legal assistance to farmer-beneficiaries affected by agrarian cases. The delivery of agrarian justice has two features: the Adjudication of Cases and Agrarian Legal Assistance.
ALS is divided into two (2) components: Legal Advisory and Enforcement.
Legal Advisory involves legal services provided to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB) and landowner clients such as mediation and representation in judicial and quasi judicial courts. As per measurement for the agency’s final scorecards on this MFO, clients who rate the legal service as good or better and requests for legal services which are responded to within 15 days are included.
Enforcement, on the other hand, includes: agrarian cases acted upon for adjudication or resolution; and resolution of annual Agrarian Law Implementation (ALI) caseloads. Adjudication within 3 months of agrarian related cases is assessed under this MFO.