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davaotoday
April 18, 2017 12

Agrarian Reform Secretary Mariano to supervise…

TAGUM CITY, Philippines – No less than the Agrarian Reform Secretary, Rafael Mariano will attend the symbolic reinstallation of farmers in the contested San Isidro area inside the Hijo Plantation in Barangay Madaum here Tuesday morning. Read More..
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Apr 18, 2017 12

Amid Lapanday 'defiance,' DAR insists farmers must get share

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano ordered the "peaceful installation" of farmers at a Davao del Norte plantation that was earlier the subject of a cease and desist order (CDO). Read More..
inquirer
Apr 18, 2017 13

DAR chief eyes 6M hectares for farmers

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano is looking at some some six million hectares of public and private agricultural lands, some of which have been exempted from agrarian reform, for distribution to farmers. Read More..
TheStandard
Apr 10, 2017 40

Mariano again hits Aquino over sacada in sugar estate

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano hit out on Tuesday former President Benigno Aquino III for keeping silent on the recruitment of seasonal contractual sugar farmers, locally called sacada, from Mindanao at the Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac. 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