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TheStandard
February 09, 2017 54

Unite vs oligarchs, farmers exhorted

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano urged farmers of the Hacienda Luisita Inc. under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program to unite against the landlord oligarchy of the Cojuangco-Aquino clan. Read More..
TheStandard
Feb 01, 2017 47

Mariano probes farmer’s shooting in Negros

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano ordered on Tuesday an investigation and fast resolution of a land dispute in Negros Occidental, the bastion of vast tracts of haciendas. Read More..
pia
Jan 17, 2017 94

DAR to run after those guilty of illegal and unlawful…

BANILAD, CEBU CITY, Jan. 12 — Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano approved and supported the proposal of Undersecretary for Legal Operations Office Luis Meinrado Pangulayan’s to file cases and prosecute those found guilty… Read More..
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Jan 12, 2017 84

“Let us uphold farmers’ rights and welfare”—Sec. Ka Paeng

BANILAD, CEBU CITY, Jan. 11—Agrarian Secretary Rafael ‘Ka Paeng’ Mariano stated this at the ongoing conference for its third level officials to craft the department’s strategic plans and directions for 2017 to 2022. 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