MARAWI CITY – The Land Dispute Resolution Committee (LDRC) has approved its Implementing Guidelines and Rules of Procedure (IGRP) along with its financial work plan for the year 2021.
LDRC chairman Hamid Aminoddin D. Barra, who is also the minister of BARMM’s Ministry of Human Settlements and Development (MHSD), signed the IGRP and work plan Thursday, March 11, during the committee’s session held at the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Field Office in Lanao del Sur.
LDRC is an arbitration body that caters to land related disputes and issues between private owners which are delaying the immediate rehabilitation and recovery of Marawi City, specially the Most Affected Area (MAA).
It was created pursuant to Memorandum Circulars 38 and 40 issued by Secretary Eduardo del Rosario of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, who is also the chairperson of the TFBM.
Minister Barra explained that the committee will act as an appellate body and will resolve disputes through mediation and negotiation without resorting to the court system.
Meanwhile, TFBM Deputy Manager Tony Sugarol emphasized the necessity of the guidelines as its pending approval delayed them from working on the affected areas.
“Mas mapapabilis ang rehabilitation ng Marawi. Eto kasing LDRC was affected by the COVID-19, the guidelines were already drafted before COVID-19 and TFBM national endeavored to have it approved by the body so that we can work forward,” Sugarol said.
Thursday’s meeting was attended by representatives from the Office of the City Mayor, Marawi Sultanate League, Marawi Traders Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region X and XII, Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Marawi Chapter, Siyap ko Pagtaw – Operation for Peoples Empowerment, and from the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Energy’s (MENRE) office in Marawi City. (Bangsamoro Information Office)