THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) bares it all as it launches today its Legal Information System Online where the public can access the department’s policies and decisions in a conscious effort to keep them informed about the courses of action it is taking and to improve its dealings with its clientele.
DAR Secretary Gil de los Reyes said more than 12,000 issuances in the form of memorandum orders and circulars have been uploaded in the said website, whose advanced features and functionalities make it the first of its kind in the government service.
“This is our way of keeping with the President’s mandate of openness and transparency in our service to the people,” De los Reyes said.
He added that the online service would also serve as a source of information of a research and as an education tool for students and legal researchers so that they would be further enlightened about the rationale and the principles used in drafting such policies and decisions.
The DAR-Legal Affairs Office headed by Undersecretary Anthony Parungao initiated the move of opening the Department’s legal archives to the public in partnership with the CD Technologies Asia, Inc. (CD Asia), the pioneer in the field with 17 years of experience in electronic legal publishing in the country.
CD Asia, which also produces CD Asia Online, the fastest and most complete Philippine Legal research site on the web, has currently has 28 titles under its various product lines, which include, among others the Lex Libris series and the Philippine Legal Encyclopedia Series, comprising of the Philippine Law Encyclopedia and Philippine Taxation Encyclopedia.
Among the features of the DAR-LIS user-friendly texts are the interactive table of contents, customized search engine and query templates, and links to various administrative issuances, jurisprudence as well as decisions on various agrarian cases. Public Affairs Staff, Department of Agrarian Reform