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TheStandard
February 09, 2017 41

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 39

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 81

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 73

“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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Negros farmers closer to owning land after DAR rules vs provl govt

interaksyonlogoMANILA, Philippines -- Farmers in Murcia, Negros Occidental came a step closer to finally owning land they have been tilling after Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano denied for “lack of merit” a motion from the provincial government to reconsider an earlier ruling by his predecessor Virgilio de los Reyes to subject the Negros First Ranch to land reform.

Mariano said the motion for partial reconsideration filed by the provincial government, represented by Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr., lacked merit.

The decision was released Wednesday following a visit by Mariano to Bacolod where he met with the farmers and Maranon.

It will place some 205 hectares of Hacienda Ilimnan in Barangays Sta. Rosa and Canlandog, the bulk of which the provincial government purchased from its former owners, the Arguelles family, and converted into a cattle and sheep ranch as part of its food security program, under coverage of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.

De los Reyes had earlier denied a motion from the provincial government to exclude the land from agrarian reform.

It remains unclear if the provincial government will also contest Mariano’s order.

Mariano said during his meeting with Maranon Saturday, which was closed to media, he had the impression that the governor’s position not to give up the ranch was “non-negotiable.”

The DAR secretary earlier explained Ilimnan could not be exempted from CARP because the purchase did not include a deed of transfer.

During their dialogue with Mariano, also on Saturday, Danilo Tabora, chairman of the Barangay-Wide Farmers and Farmworkers Association, said they have been waiting to own the land since it was approved for distribution in 1988.

However, a year after the provincial government bought Ilimnan in 2010, he said, “was saw ourpalayfarmers bulldozed and we were kept out of the property by police, the military and even the RPA (Revolutionary Proletarian Army),” an armed group that broke away from the New People’s Army in the early 1990s.

Aside from losing control of the land, he added, “we also lost our jobs.”

Tabora said once they finally claim ownership of the land, they intend to sue the provincial government for the dislocation and the destruction of their homes and farms. 

The Ilimnan farmers, who have been camping out at the provincial capitol for around a month, said they would not leave until they are assured they will actually get the land.

Source: http://interaksyon.com/article/131509/negros-farmers-closer-to-owning-land-after-dar-rules-vs-provl-govt