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May 29, 2017 4

DAR to install farmers in disputed Davao plantation May 18

MANILA — For the third time this year, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will attempt to install farmer-beneficiaries evicted from a disputed portion of a banana plantation in Tagum, Davao del Norte — this time, with a go-signal from the President and… Read More..
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May 19, 2017 1

DAR secretary is GRP consultant on CASER in 5th round of…

Tagum City– Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano will participate in the fifth round of peace talks between government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) that will tackle, among others, the agrarian reform and rural… Read More..
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May 19, 2017 1

MARBAI farmers reclaim land from Lapanday in Tagum

TAGUM CITY (MindaNews/18 May) – After seven years of struggle to reclaim the 145-hectare banana plantation from the management of Lapanday Foods Corp. (LFC), a Lorenzo-owned company, members of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, Inc.… Read More..
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May 16, 2017 56

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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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