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October 10, 2016 60

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 65

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 69

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 49

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 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