To promote, develop and expand the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in the private and public sectors; and, to assist government to monitor, study and evaluate the use by the public and the private sector of ADR, and recommend to Congress needful statutory changes to develop, strengthen and improve ADR practices in accordance with world standards.
Republic Act No. 9285 - AN ACT TO INSTITUTIONALIZE THE USE OF AN ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION SYSTEM IN THE PHILIPPINES AND TO ESTABLISH THE OFFICE FOR ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES; otherwise known as the “Alternative Dispute Resolution Act of 2004”
Implementing Rules and Regulations:
Department Circular No. 98, series of 2009
6th Floor, JDC Center, Engracia Reyes Street, Ermita, 1000 Manila, Philippines
The Office for Alternative Dispute Resolution (OADR) is an attached agency of the Department of Justice.
Menardo I. Guevarra
Secretary of Justice
Markk L. Perete, Undesecretary-in-Charge
Atty. Irene P. De Torres-Alogoc, CESE, Executive Director
Ma. Christina V. Abalos-Naig, CESE, Director III - Policy, Compliance and Monitoring Service
Declaration of Policy:
It is hereby declared the policy of the State to actively promote party autonomy in the resolution of disputes or the freedom of the parties to make their own arrangements to resolve their disputes. Towards this end, the State shall encourage and actively promote the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as an important means to achieve speedy and impartial justice and declog court dockets. As such, the State shall provide means for the use of ADR as an efficient tool and an alternative procedure for the resolution of appropriate cases. Likewise, the State shall enlist active private sector participation in the settlement of disputes through ADR. This Act shall be without prejudice to the adoption by the Supreme Court of any ADR system, such as mediation, conciliation, arbitration, or any combination thereof as a means of achieving speedy and efficient means of resolving cases pending before all courts in the Philippines which shall be governed by such rules as the Supreme Court may approve from time to time.
Email address: [email protected]
Telephone number: (02) 8524-8939 local 398
Newsletter Issue No. 1 (Download)
Newsletter Issue No. 2 (Download)
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OADR Trained Neutrals (Download)
Accredited Individual Practitioners
Accredited Private ADR Provider Organizations and their Respective Recognized ADR Neutrals
Accredited Public ADR Program
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