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May 29, 2017 1

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 52

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 99

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 chief visits agrarian cooperative

newlogoPIAQUEZON CITY, Aug. 9 — Agrarian Secretary Rafael Mariano instructed the DAR regional office to give free legal advice and to take the necessary steps towards resolving the issues and concerns of farmers. In the dialogue with the farmers, he reminded them that when he opened the gates of the DAR central office in Quezon City, in effect, he is also opening all the gates of all the DAR offices in the country.

 

“If you have problems, the department and its employees will welcome you with open arms. Together, let us help you in resolving your concerns.” With Mariano is DAR Undersecretary for Support Services Rosalina Bistoyong who stated to the farmers that they, the DAR officials are there to hear and understand their concerns. She encouraged the farmers to be a member of farmers’ organizations. She stressed the importance of organizing themselves into agrarian reform beneficiary organization (ARBOs) for faster flow of support services.

The DAR would be able to help more of you if you are organized into bona fide farmers’ cooperatives. Through your cooperative, projects and programs of the Department like access to credit and livelihood programs will be available for you,” Bistoyong said.

On his way to Fardeco, Mariano stopped by a cabled tramline that farmers here use to transport crops. For a fee of P150 per kilo of cargo load, farmers transport their crops from Sitio Balingoos, a mountainous area where 130 hectares of high-value crops like cacao, banana, abaca and vegetables are planted by about 200 farmers residing there. The 1.1-kilometer cabled tramline was a project of the Department of Agriculture.

DAR officials with Mariano were: Incoming Undersecretary Sylvia Mallari, Davao Regional Director John Maruhom and the DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officers namely Eduardo Suaybaguio, Ernesto Tan, Jocelyn Seno, Elmer Gerigdig and Atty. Joebar Pondoc. Also present were people from Task Force Mapalad (TFM), Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and Ugnayan ng mga Nagsasariling Lokal na Organisasyon sa Kanayunan (Unorka).  The dialogue was held at the Farmers Development Cooperative (Fardeco) in Baguio District, Davao City.  (DAR)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1141470632893/dar-chief-visits-agrarian-cooperative