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April 18, 2017 11

Agrarian Reform Secretary Mariano to supervise…

TAGUM CITY, Philippines – No less than the Agrarian Reform Secretary, Rafael Mariano will attend the symbolic reinstallation of farmers in the contested San Isidro area inside the Hijo Plantation in Barangay Madaum here Tuesday morning. Read More..
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Apr 18, 2017 11

Amid Lapanday 'defiance,' DAR insists farmers must get share

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano ordered the "peaceful installation" of farmers at a Davao del Norte plantation that was earlier the subject of a cease and desist order (CDO). Read More..
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Apr 18, 2017 13

DAR chief eyes 6M hectares for farmers

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano is looking at some some six million hectares of public and private agricultural lands, some of which have been exempted from agrarian reform, for distribution to farmers. Read More..
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Apr 10, 2017 39

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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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

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