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October 10, 2016 50

DAR’s Mariano seeks to slash PARC Execom membership from 26…

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is seeking to reduce the number of Presidential Agrarian Reform Council-Executive Committee (PARC-Execom) members to fast-track the resolution of agrarian- reform cases. Read More..
Oct 03, 2016 62

DAR junks ‘lotto system’

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano on Friday stood pat on his ground to nullify the use of lottery draw to allocate plots to farmer-beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita Inc. owned by the family of
former President Benigno Aquino III in Tarlac province.
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Sep 29, 2016 65

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..
Sep 28, 2016 44

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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DAR to suspend ‘parcelization’ of collective CLOAs

piaQuezon City, July 16 - Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafae "Ka Paeng" Mariano is seeking to stay the implementation of Administrative Order No. 3, series of 2016, saying that it may tempt cash-strapped farmer-beneficiaries to pawn or sell their individual farmlots, instead of tilling them by themselves, for lack of capital for farm inputs.

The Administrative Order No. 3 of 2016 calls for the parcelization or subdivision of collective certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to individual land title to enable farmer-beneficiaries to gain “clear and defined ownership of parcels of land.”

While the intention is good, Mariano said the said administrative order might lead to the consolidation of farmlands back to the former landowners or moneyed individuals, who will take advantage of the farmer-beneficiaries’ economic plight.”

“Many of our farmer-beneficiaries are among those belonging to the 70 percent of the poorest of the poor. They may not have sufficient means to effectively and efficiently till on their own the farmlots awarded to them under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP),” said the DAR chief, who is the former chairman of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP).

Mariano said he still believes that collective farming remains a better option especially for farmer-beneficiaries who lack financial capital to sustain farming activities on their own.

“I am a firm believer that ‘in unity we derive our strength.’ This is specially true to our farmer-beneficiaries, who can maximize the limited resources each of them has if they will pool them together and use them for the greater good of everybody,” Mariano said.

The AO No. 3 of 2016 covers all collective CLOAs issued by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to farmers’ cooperatives and associations and group of farmer-beneficiaries who are not organized.

Exempted from the said directive are: (1) Landholdings under collective CLOAs that are not appropriate for individual farming; (2) Labor system is specialized where farmworkers are organized by functions such as spraying, weeding and packing, among others; (3) Farmer-beneficiaries are working collectively on large contiguous areas; and, (4) The farm consists of multiple crops and is farmed in an integrated manner. (DAR)