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TheStandard
April 10, 2017 33

Mariano again hits Aquino over sacada in sugar estate

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano hit out on Tuesday former President Benigno Aquino III for keeping silent on the recruitment of seasonal contractual sugar farmers, locally called sacada, from Mindanao at the Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac. Read More..
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Apr 03, 2017 37

DAR orders reinstallation of beneficiaries, coverage of…

DAVAO CITY, Philippines— Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano ordered the reinstallation of several agrarian reform beneficiaries from Mindanao.This after leaders of three farmers’ groups in the region trooped to DAR’s national office in… Read More..
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Mar 20, 2017 60

DAR chief backs return to peace talks with NPA

MANILA — Leftist Cabinet member Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano reiterated his support for the peace talks between the Philippine government and the communist-led National Democratic Front (NDFP), as the erstwhile stalled talks was put… Read More..
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Feb 28, 2017 141

DAR chief: 727-hectare Hacienda Luisita property covered by…

MANILA, Philippines –Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Marianoon Friday, February 24, issued an order that will place a 727-hectare property of Hacienda Luisita, Incorporated (HLI) in Tarlac under the coverage of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program… Read More..

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Ends 14 years of estrangement from CARP stakeholders, Mariano opens DAR gates..

news national pix 1 july 5 2016NEW AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano opened yesterday the gates of his office, which he described as the “walls” that hinder farmers and other stakeholders of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) from gaining complete access to the Department.

Mariano hammered the padlocks until they broke apart and opened the gates in front of the DAR administration building at 2:11 p.m. to the big applause from DAR officials and employees, who felt relieved and freed from the stigma brought about by the padlocking of the gates they thought placed them in an imaginary cage.  

“The opening of the DAR gates ushers the start of continuing and productive dialogues between the DAR and the CARP stakeholders,” Mariano said before journalists shortly after the symbolic opening of the gates.

“This also ended years of estrangement between the DAR management officials and the CARP stakeholders, especially the farmers,” he added. 

Former DAR Secretary Hernani Braganza ordered the padlocking of the gates in 2002 after protesting farmers stormed, padlocked the door of his office and set up a vigil in front of his office at the fourth floor of the DAR administration building. The gates were reinforced under the administration of former Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes to keep protesting farmers at bay.

Mariano said the opening of the gates, especially during office hours, manifests his administration’s “open door” policy. It is also a way of telling everybody is welcome to come and visit him anytime during office hours. 

The former Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) Chair and Anakpawis partylist representative also urged DAR officials and rank and file employees to take it upon themselves to welcome visiting farmers with open arms and make sure that they are attended to properly.

“Kapag may nakita tayong mga magsasakang paparating, atin na silang salubungin at iparamdam sa kanila ang mainit na pagbati at pag-aasikaso sa anumang kanilang nais iparating sa atin (If and when we see farmers coming, let us meet them right away, greet them with open arms and attend to their queries right away),” Mariano said.