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September 29, 2016 5

Mariano vows to distribute Palawan’s Yulo King Ranch to…

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael V. Mariano vowed to distribute the controversial Yulo King Ranch (YKR) to landless farmers in Coron and Busuanga in Palawan. Read More..
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Sep 28, 2016 11

DAR to help hasten land distribution of YKR lands

QUEZON CITY, Sept. 28 - Agrarian Secretary Rafael Mariano has ordered the DAR field operations and legal officials to coordinate with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to fast-track the process of transfering to the DAR the Yulo King… Read More..
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Sep 22, 2016 33

DAR Secretary bats for new land reform law in Senate budget…

QUEZON CITY, Sept. 20 -- Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano has enjoined senators to pass a new law that will expand the coverage of the government’s agrarian reform program and introduce a free or low-cost land distribution scheme. During… Read More..
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Sep 22, 2016 27

DAR asks Senate for expanded land reform, lower costs for…

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano on Monday called on lawmakers to pass a new measure which would expand the coverage of the government's agrarian reform program, and lower amortization costs for beneficiaries."(W)e take this opportunity for the Senate… 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.