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September 22, 2016 19

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 15

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..
TheStandard
Sep 15, 2016 103

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 102

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 going after oligarchs, too

inquirerThe Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is apparently behind President Rodrigo Duterte in his avowal to destroy the oligarchs in the country.

In a statement, Agrarian Sec. Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano said his agency’s thrust would be “to free farmer tenants from the grip of landlord oligarchs. ”

“These landlord oligarchs use their power, influence and connections to deprive farmer tenants of land that should have been distributed to them by virtue of land reform,” Mariano said. He cited as example the 6,453-hectare Hacienda Luisita—controlled by the Cojuangco family which counts the two President Aquinos as members—whose distribution to its tenant farmers had long been decided by the Supreme Court.

Mariano likewise cited the Negros island region in the Visayas as the “traditional playground of caciques and landlords since the Spanish colonial period.”

“It is the bastion of haciendas where farm workers are still enslaved by hunger and poverty and are being threatened, shot at and massacred by soldiers and goons,” Mariano said.

In an interview, Mariano said that for the first meeting of the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (Parc) on Aug. 22—which President Duterte will attend—he would raise the issues of two stock distribution options in Negros and one agribusiness venture agreement in Mindanao.

“We are in the process of investigating complaints against Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. for alleged unjust eviction of farmers to develop a [12-ha property] into the Negros First Ranch livestock farm,” Mariano said.

He cited reports Marañon had used government troops to harass the farmers after the DAR had ruled in their favor by denying the provincial government’s petition for exemption of the landholdings.

“The new DAR,” Mariano said, “is determined to implement genuine agrarian reform, including free land distribution or land distributed at least cost to the farmers.”TVJ

Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/806907/dar-going-after-oligarchs-too