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May 29, 2017 4

DAR to install farmers in disputed Davao plantation May 18

MANILA — For the third time this year, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will attempt to install farmer-beneficiaries evicted from a disputed portion of a banana plantation in Tagum, Davao del Norte — this time, with a go-signal from the President and… Read More..
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May 16, 2017 54

DAR mulls end to land conversion

LLANERA, Nueva Ecija: The government is planning to put an end to widespread land conversion that for years has defeated the goal to attain food self-sufficiency. Read More..
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May 04, 2017 100

Mariano: DAR won’t charge farmers for selling lands

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will not sue farmers who sold or leased agrarian land they were granted in 2013 at Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac province, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano said on Tuesday.The Comprehensive… Read More..
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May 02, 2017 73

DAR voids illegal lease, sale of Hacienda Luisita CARP lands

MANILA, Philippines — Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano on Wednesday voided the sale and leasing out of Hacienda Luisita farm lots awarded by the government to agrarian reform beneficiaries. 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