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DAR chief backs return to peace talks with NPA

MANILA — Leftist Cabinet member Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano reiterated his support for the peace talks between the Philippine government and the communist-led National Democratic Front (NDFP), as the erstwhile stalled talks was put… Read More..
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Feb 28, 2017 104

DAR chief: 727-hectare Hacienda Luisita property covered by…

MANILA, Philippines –Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Marianoon Friday, February 24, issued an order that will place a 727-hectare property of Hacienda Luisita, Incorporated (HLI) in Tarlac under the coverage of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program… Read More..
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Feb 28, 2017 70

More land for CARP found in Luisita

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has expanded the coverage of agrarian reform in an estate owned by former President Aquino’s family in Tarlac province, marking 384 hectares of idle land in the area for distribution to farmers. Read More..
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Feb 23, 2017 58

DAR chief wants land conflicts resolved following slaying…

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano has ordered all regional offices of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to settle high-profile land cases in their areas, following the killing of another farmer-activist last week. The latest incident in Cotabato… Read More..

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DAR to free farmers from landlord-oligarchs

GMAAgrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano announced on Friday that the department will exert efforts to free farmers from the grips of landlord-oligarchs. "These landlord-oligarchs use their power, influence, and connections to deprive farmer-tenants of the land that should have been distributed to them by virtue of land reform," Mariano told reporters in a press briefing.

Mariano cited as an example the 6,453-hectare Hacienda Luisita, owned by the Cojuanco-Aquino family of former President Benigno Aquino III.

The Supreme Court has decided the distribution of the sugar estate, but farmers allegedly face unfair land distribution through "tambiolo" lottery.

"Sisimulan na po ang pag-audit niyan 'yung P1.3 billion na pinababalik ng SC sa original farm workers-beneficiaries," the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) chief said.

In a 2012 landmark ruling, the high court order the distribution of 4,115 hectares of Hacienda Luisita and P1.3 billion from the proceeds of the sale of Hacienda Luisita Inc.'s land assets.

"The new DAR is determined to implement genuine agrarian reform, including free land distribution or land distributed at least cost to farmers," Mariano said.

Bastion of landlordism

Mariano cited Negros island as "the bastion of landlordism... It is the bastion of haciendas where farmers are still enslaved by hunger and poverty, and are being threatened, shot at, and massacred by goons and soldiers," he said.

The department is now reviewing alleged unjust eviction of farmers in the island.

"We are in the process of investigating complaints against Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. on the alleged unjust eviction of farmers to develop an area into the Negros First Ranch Livestock Farm," he said.VDS, GMA News