DOJ Launches IRR on ADR Law

29 January 2010

Justice Secretary Agnes VST Devanadera receives from Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente B. Salazar a copy of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Act of 2004 (ADR). Also in the photo are some of the members of the Committee of the Formulation of the ADR-IRR namely: Atty. Mario E. Valderrama, Atty. Victor P. Lazatin and Atty. Custodio O. Parlade (from left to right).

Manila, Philippines. - The Department of Justice launches today the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 9285, otherwise known as the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Act of 2004.

By virtue of the publication of Department of Justice (DOJ) Department Circular No. 98, s. 2009 dated December 4, 2009 signed by Justice Secretary Agnes VST Devanadera, the IRR became effective fifteen days after it was published on December 16, 2009 or on December 31, 2009.

The official launch of the IRR today will be highlighted by the presentation of the main provisions of the IRR followed by perspectives from several ADR Stakeholders who likewise were members of the technical working committee that formulated the IRR namely Professor Annabelle T. Abaya, lawyers Victor P. Lazatin, Custodio O. Parlade and Mario E. Valderama. Justice Secretary Devanadera will deliver the keynote address.

With the implementation of the IRR, it will see the establishment of the Office for Alternative Dispute Resolution (OADR). Headed by an Executive Director, the OADR shall carry out the following functions: promote, develop and expand the use of alternative dispute resolution in the private and public sectors; monitor, study and evaluate the use by the private and public sectors of alternative dispute resolution; recommend to Congress needed statutory changes, and strengthen and improve alternative dispute resolution practices in accordance with international standards. Another function includes the formulation of alternative dispute resolution training standards for practitioners and service providers.

The IRR of the ADR has been promulgated to prescribe the procedures and guidelines for the implementation of the ADR Act. It is expected to promote party autonomy in out-of-court resolution of disputes, expedite speedy and impartial justice as well as declog court dockets.

It is widely acknowledged that alternative dispute resolution mechanisms are effective methods of resolving disagreements. These mechanisms will also enable parties to find creative solutions to their dispute. It is usually faster and less costly than ordinary court proceedings.

The launch of the ADR is aimed at increasing the awareness of people on alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and that an Office has been created to attend to such related matters.

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