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President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared December 19 of every year as “National Alternative Dispute Resolution Day” to encourage and actively promote the use of alternative dispute resolution in achieving speedy and impartial justice.
The Chief Executive issued the declaration by virtue of Proclamation No. 518 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on December 4.
President Aquino said Article III, Section 16 of the 1987 Constitution guarantees the right of all persons to a speedy disposition of their cases before all judicial, quasi-judicial or administrative bodies.
“Republic Act No. 9285 or the “Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Act of 2004″ provides that it is the policy of the State to encourage and actively promote the use of ADR,” he said.
The President said RA 9285 created the Office for Alternative Dispute Resolution, an attached agency of the Department of Justice, to promote, develop and expand the use of ADR in the private and public sectors. The establishment of this office also aims to declog court dockets.
The Office for Alternative Dispute Resolution shall plan and implement appropriate activities for the observance of the “National Alternative Dispute Resolution Day,” the President said.