Welcome to DAR Region VI



DAR Chief vows quick resolution of 18-year-old agrarian dispute in Neg Occ.

news reg 1 pix 1 august 16 2016Bacolod City - AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano vowed Saturday a speedy resolution of the controversial Hacienda Ilimnan in Murcia, Negros Occidental, apparently touched by the sad plight of farmers and farmworkers, who were forcibly evicted from the property last month by the provincial government.

Mariano assured concerned members of the Barangay Wide Farmers and Farmworkers Association (BWFFA) that the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) would resolve next week the motion for reconsideration filed by the provincial government to settle once and for all the 18-year long agrarian dispute.

The provincial government, through Gov. Alfredo Maranon, filed the motion after the DAR denied last May 10 the petition for exemption/exclusion of the said property from the coverage of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Mariano reiterated his position during a dialogue with the farmers that “no farmer should be evicted from the farm he/she is tilling” to a big applause from the BWFFA members, who felt relieved with the Secretary’s quick response to their cause.

The DAR chief also announced that he would ask the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to clarify reports about local police personnel being used to harass and intimidate prospective farmer-beneficiaries as in the case of the BWFFA.news reg 1 pix 2 august 16 2016

“Only the DAR has the sole authority to request for police and military assistance to maintain peace and order in agrarian reform areas,” Mariano stressed. He added: Police and military personnel have no reason to stay or be detailed in any agrarian reform areas without a request from the Office of the (DAR) Secretary.”

Headed by Danilo Tabora, the BWFFA is a 220-strong farmers’ group that is laying claims over the 150-hectare Hacienda Ilimnan, a property that the provincial government bought from the the arguelles family in October 2010. Gov. Maranon wanted to transform the property into a livestock farm to be called the “Negros First Ranch.”

The farmers, however, opposed the sale, resulting to a protracted legal battle pitting them against the provincial government.

news reg 1 pix 3 august 16 2016Tension rose in Hacienda Ilimnan recently when armed goons and a contingent of policemen from the Special Action Forces (SAF), under Senior Supt. Mario Baquiran, reportedly evicted a group of farmers on order of Gov. Maranon.

Mariano said the provincial government’s act of evicting the farmers from the property and of securing it with barbed wired ran counter from the intent and spirit of the CARP.


Region VI News

news reg 2 pix 1 sept. 28 2017
September 28, 2017 69

Sugar block farm project to benefit 1,600 Iloilo farmers

ILOILO CITY-The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently forged an agreement with the Ateneo de Davao University–Institute for Socio-Economic Development Initiatives (ADDU-ISEDI) to enhance sugar block farming and improve the production and income of… Read More..
news reg 1 pix 1 sept. 4 2017
Sep 04, 2017 102

Agrarian community receives farm-to-market road

Farmers and residents of the agrarian reform community (ARC) of Lipata in Barotac Viejo in Iloilo recently received from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) the concreted 4.86-kilometer Sitio Nagpana-Sitio Proper, Lipata to San Geronimo farm-to-market… Read More..
inquirer
Jul 05, 2017 151

DAR orders landlord, aide to stop eviction of farmers

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has barred the administrator of a disputed property in Capiz province from evicting farmers occupying parts of the property for four months now.In a 16-page order, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano barred the… Read More..
radyo natin
Jun 20, 2017 139

PhP657M foreign-assisted agri reform infra projects…

ILOILO CITY — Around P657 million worth of foreign-assisted agrarian reform infrastructure projects were completed in Western Visayas as of December 2016, according to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) 6.These projects were fully funded by the Japan… Read More..

Region 6 Calendar of Activities