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May 16, 2017 49

DAR mulls end to land conversion

LLANERA, Nueva Ecija: The government is planning to put an end to widespread land conversion that for years has defeated the goal to attain food self-sufficiency. Read More..
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May 04, 2017 97

Mariano: DAR won’t charge farmers for selling lands

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will not sue farmers who sold or leased agrarian land they were granted in 2013 at Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac province, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano said on Tuesday.The Comprehensive… Read More..
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May 02, 2017 69

DAR voids illegal lease, sale of Hacienda Luisita CARP lands

MANILA, Philippines — Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano on Wednesday voided the sale and leasing out of Hacienda Luisita farm lots awarded by the government to agrarian reform beneficiaries. Read More..
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May 02, 2017 61

DAR cancels Luisita deals

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano on Wednesday nullified the sale or lease of agrarian lands awarded by the government in Hacienda Luisita.Mariano cited the 10-year ban that stopped holders of certificates of land ownership award… Read More..

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DAR junks Negros governor’s petition

manilatimes 1The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has denied a petition of the Negros Occidental governor seeking exemption for two parcels of land from land distribution under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Secretary Rafael Mariano reaffirmed the agency’s earlier decision, denying for lack of merit the motion of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. involving 147.3 hectares of land in the villages of Santa Rosa and Canlandog in Murcia town.

The contested parcels of land were purchased from George Arguelles in March 2012 and the heirs of Alfonso Arguelles, Rosalina Exaltado, Alicia Arguelles, Lydia Arguelles and Fernando Arguelles in December 2010.

Mariano said the local government unit did not dispute the fact that since the parcels of land were no longer used for cattle-raising when purchased, they can be rightfully placed under CARP for public use and interest.

He issued the order in response to complaints of farmers against Marañon for alleged unjust eviction in order to develop the area into the Negros First Ranch livestock farm.

The farmers alleged that Marañon resorted to harassment and intimidation using government troops after former DAR Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes issued a decision in their favor.

Source: http://www.manilatimes.net/dar-junks-negros-governors-petition/280559/