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September 22, 2016 23

DAR Secretary bats for new land reform law in Senate budget…

QUEZON CITY, Sept. 20 -- Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano has enjoined senators to pass a new law that will expand the coverage of the government’s agrarian reform program and introduce a free or low-cost land distribution scheme. During… Read More..
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Sep 22, 2016 19

DAR asks Senate for expanded land reform, lower costs for…

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano on Monday called on lawmakers to pass a new measure which would expand the coverage of the government's agrarian reform program, and lower amortization costs for beneficiaries."(W)e take this opportunity for the Senate… Read More..
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Sep 15, 2016 109

Govt eyes 2-year break in farmland conversions

AN EXECUTIVE order is being prepared to declare a two-year moratorium on the conversion of agricultural lands, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano has said. Read More..
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Sep 15, 2016 107

DAR to stop processing applications for land-use conversion

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is halting the process and approval of applications on land-use conversion ahead of a proposal to have a two-year moratorium on conversion, a report on GMA News' "Balitanghali" said Wednesday. 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