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May 16, 2017 51

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 98

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 72

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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May 02, 2017 63

DAR cancels Luisita deals

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano on Wednesday nullified the sale or lease of agrarian lands awarded by the government in Hacienda Luisita.Mariano cited the 10-year ban that stopped holders of certificates of land ownership award… 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