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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 110

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 76

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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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 Chief vows quick resolution of 18-year-old agrarian dispute in Neg Occidental

piaQUEZON CITY, Aug. 16 - AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano vowed a speedy resolution of the controversial Hacienda Ilimnan in Murcia, Negros Occidental, apparently touched by the sad plight of farmers and farm workers, who were forcibly evicted from the property last month by the provincial government.

Mariano assured concerned members of the Barangay Wide Farmers and Farmworkers Association (BWFFA) that the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) would resolve next week the motion for reconsideration filed by the provincial government to settle once and for all the 18-year long agrarian dispute.  

The provincial government, through Gov. Alfredo Maranon, filed the motion after the DAR denied last May 10 the petition for exemption/exclusion of the said property from the coverage of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).  

Mariano reiterated his position during a dialogue with the farmers that “no farmer should be evicted from the farm he/she is tilling” to a big applause from the BWFFA members, who felt relieved with the Secretary’s quick response to their cause.  

The DAR chief also announced that he would ask the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to clarify reports about local police personnel being used to harass and intimidate prospective farmer-beneficiaries as in the case of the BWFFA.  

“Only the DAR has the sole authority to request for police and military assistance to maintain peace and order in agrarian reform areas,” Mariano stressed. He added: Police and military personnel have no reason to stay or be detailed in any agrarian reform areas without a request from the Office of the (DAR) Secretary.”  

Headed by Danilo Tabora, the BWFFA is a 220-strong farmers’ group that is laying claims over the 150-hectare Hacienda Ilimnan, a property that the provincial government bought from the the arguelles family in October 2010. Gov. Maranon wanted to transform the property into a livestock farm to be called the “Negros First Ranch.”  

The farmers, however, opposed the sale, resulting to a protracted legal battle pitting them against the provincial government.  

Tension rose in Hacienda Ilimnan recently when armed goons and a contingent of policemen from the Special Action Forces (SAF), under Senior Supt. Mario Baquiran, reportedly evicted a group of farmers on order of Gov. Maranon.  

Mariano said the provincial government’s act of evicting the farmers from the property and of securing it with barbed wired ran counter from the intent and spirit of the CARP. (DAR)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1141471245613/dar-chief-vows-quick-resolution-of-18-year-old-agrarian-dispute-in-neg-occidental