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TheStandard
February 09, 2017 48

Unite vs oligarchs, farmers exhorted

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano urged farmers of the Hacienda Luisita Inc. under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program to unite against the landlord oligarchy of the Cojuangco-Aquino clan. Read More..
TheStandard
Feb 01, 2017 43

Mariano probes farmer’s shooting in Negros

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano ordered on Tuesday an investigation and fast resolution of a land dispute in Negros Occidental, the bastion of vast tracts of haciendas. Read More..
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Jan 17, 2017 91

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 80

“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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DAR to probe business venture arrangements entered into by Mindanaoan farmers, tribal folks

piaQUEZON CITY, July 28 - Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano has vowed to look into issues and concerns raised by about a thousand of Mindanaoan farmers and tribal folks, who asked him to reestablish their footing on farms and ancestral lands that had been taken from them through various schemes.


Mariano ordered Undersecretary for Field Operations Marcos Resonar to dig deeper into the problems that prompted the farmers and tribal folks to march from Mindanao to Metro Manila and pleaded to the DAR Secretary to look into their problems involving the agribusiness venture arrangements (AVAs) that they had entered into with individual or group of investors.

The DAR chief heeded their clamor and directed all DAR regional directors and provincial officials to “hold in abeyance until further notice” the implementation of the Administrative Order (AO) No. 4, series of 2016 and subject the same to further review and consultation.

The said Administrative Order No. 4, series of 2016 regulates and governs the establishment of agribusiness venture arrangements (AVAs) between a group or multiple individual agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and an investor(s).

Mariano tapped Undersecretaries for Support Service and for Legal Affairs to join hands in overseeing the conduct of the consultative meetings in all regional and provincial offices between and among all stakeholders of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Resonar is said to be flying to Mindanao on Wednesday next week and spend the rest of the week meeting with various organizations of agrarian reform beneficiaries and tribal groups that are having problems with the AVAs, which were found to be filled with provisions that are disadvantageous to them.

Mariano said his directive to suspend the Administrative Order No. 4, series of 2016 is meant to thresh out and resolve some onerous provisions in the AVAs that were found to be disadvantageous to the farmers and tribal folks and favorable to the investors.

The farmers and tribal folks said they were sweet-talked into entering into such arrangements, from which they could not get off without risking the loss of their prized possessions – lands.

Mariano said a new administrative order on AVA is being readied by the DAR, which would contain provisions for ful protection of ARBs venturing into agribusiness agreements with individual and group of investors. (DAR)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1141469602003/dar-to-probe-business-venture-arrangements-entered-into-by-mindanaoan-farmers-tribal-folks