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DAR chief backs return to peace talks with NPA

MANILA — Leftist Cabinet member Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano reiterated his support for the peace talks between the Philippine government and the communist-led National Democratic Front (NDFP), as the erstwhile stalled talks was put… Read More..
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Feb 28, 2017 110

DAR chief: 727-hectare Hacienda Luisita property covered by…

MANILA, Philippines –Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Marianoon Friday, February 24, issued an order that will place a 727-hectare property of Hacienda Luisita, Incorporated (HLI) in Tarlac under the coverage of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program… Read More..
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Feb 28, 2017 76

More land for CARP found in Luisita

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has expanded the coverage of agrarian reform in an estate owned by former President Aquino’s family in Tarlac province, marking 384 hectares of idle land in the area for distribution to farmers. Read More..
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Feb 23, 2017 61

DAR chief wants land conflicts resolved following slaying…

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano has ordered all regional offices of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to settle high-profile land cases in their areas, following the killing of another farmer-activist last week. The latest incident in Cotabato… 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/