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January 17, 2017 19

DAR to run after those guilty of illegal and unlawful…

BANILAD, CEBU CITY, Jan. 12 — Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano approved and supported the proposal of Undersecretary for Legal Operations Office Luis Meinrado Pangulayan’s to file cases and prosecute those found guilty… Read More..
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Jan 12, 2017 30

“Let us uphold farmers’ rights and welfare”—Sec. Ka Paeng

BANILAD, CEBU CITY, Jan. 11—Agrarian Secretary Rafael ‘Ka Paeng’ Mariano stated this at the ongoing conference for its third level officials to craft the department’s strategic plans and directions for 2017 to 2022. Read More..
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Jan 04, 2017 37

DAR gives CLOA to ARBs

CABARROGUIS, Quirino, Dec. 30 (PIA) - - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Sec. Rafael “Ka Paeng” V. Mariano recently distributed Certificates of Land Ownership (CLOA) to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) here during his visit in the province for the… Read More..
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Dec 21, 2016 51

DAR stops Lapanday guards from evicting banana farmers in…

MANILA — Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano has issued a cease and desist order prohibiting Lapanday Foods Corp. (LFC) and its security guards from evicting farmers who have reclaimed a 145-hectare banana plantation in Barangay Madaum, Tagum City, that… Read More..

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DAR opens its main gates

gma on lineAfter almost two decades of having its gates shut, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) on Monday opened its doors to farmers and protesters alike.

In the past 18 years, the gates of the DAR office along Elliptical Road in Diliman, Quezon City, had been barricaded shut to prevent protesters from storming inside the government agency's offices.

A report on Unang Balita on Tuesday said that for newly-seated DAR Secretary Rafael Mariano, the opening of the gates symbolizes his intention to blur the lines between the agency and the people it ought to serve, the farmers.
One group that frequently stages protest rallies outside the DAR office is the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP).

Mariano, one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s left-leaning Cabinet members, is a founding member and former chairman of the KMP.

He was also a member of the Anakpawis party-list and chairperson of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan—two groups which are staunch critics of past administrations.

Mariano said the DAR office will always be open to protesters and farmers who want to voice out their complaints.

The department's gates were shut in 1992 during the administration of former President Joseph Estrada.

It was during the term of former President Benigno Aquino III when metal grills were welded onto the glass doors and windows of the DAR office. report from Kiersnerr Gerwin Tacadena/KG, GMA News

Sourcehttp://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/572418/news/nation/dar-opens-its-main-gates-after-2-decades