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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 104

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 70

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 58

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’s Mariano to head task force to sort out conflict between Negros farmer-beneficiaries

interaksyon logoMANILA, Philippines -- Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano will head a task force that will determine which of two contending groups of farmers are the true beneficiaries of a 316-hectare estate in the Negros Occidental town of Moises Padilla.

Mariano created “Task Force ABC” on orders from the Office of the President to determine the eligibility of the 98 farmer-beneficiaries installed on the disputed land once owned by MJ Lacson Development Co. after finding this might not conform to Sections 22 and 22-A of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law.

Section 22 identifies qualified beneficiaries while Section 22-A sets the order of priority for installation, starting with the “agricultural lessees and share tenants and regular farmworkers,” who are entitled to a maximum of three hectares, followed by other beneficiaries: seasonal farmworkers, other farmworkers, actual tillers or occupants of public lands, collectives or cooperatives of the above beneficiaries and other directly working on the farm.

The farmers also “went too far” when they forcibly occupied the property, the Malacanang decision said.

The Palace partially granted the motion for reconsideration filed by the other farmers’ groups, which has 106 members, all of whom had earlier been issued certificates of land ownership award, for the revalidation of their eligibility.

The team tasked to sort out the differences between theAsosasyon Benepisyaryo Reporma AgraryoSangMagallon San Isidro and the Crossing Magallon Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative Inc. will have eight members: lawyers Marcos D. Risonar Jr. and Elmer N. Distor, two representatives each from DAR’s Field Operations Office and Legal Affairs Office, and one each from the Bureau of Land Tenure Improvement and the Bureau of Agrarian Legal Assistance.

Source: http://interaksyon.com/article/131707/dars-mariano-to-head-task-force-to-sort-out-conflict-between-negros-farmer-beneficiaries