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October 10, 2016 58

DAR’s Mariano seeks to slash PARC Execom membership from 26…

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is seeking to reduce the number of Presidential Agrarian Reform Council-Executive Committee (PARC-Execom) members to fast-track the resolution of agrarian- reform cases. Read More..
Oct 03, 2016 64

DAR junks ‘lotto system’

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano on Friday stood pat on his ground to nullify the use of lottery draw to allocate plots to farmer-beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita Inc. owned by the family of
former President Benigno Aquino III in Tarlac province.
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Sep 29, 2016 67

Mariano vows to distribute Palawan’s Yulo King Ranch to…

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael V. Mariano vowed to distribute the controversial Yulo King Ranch (YKR) to landless farmers in Coron and Busuanga in Palawan. Read More..
Sep 28, 2016 48

DAR to help hasten land distribution of YKR lands

QUEZON CITY, Sept. 28 - Agrarian Secretary Rafael Mariano has ordered the DAR field operations and legal officials to coordinate with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to fast-track the process of transfering to the DAR the Yulo King… Read More..

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Ka Paeng briefs Senator Cayetano on Agrarian Reform

piaQUEZON CITY, Aug. 26 — Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano gave a short briefing on agrarian reform on his first meeting with the Senate Committee on Agrarian Reform chaired by Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.

Mariano presented his thrusts and policy directives for the Department. He likewise presented the issues and concerns the department is currently facing.  

In response, Cayetano said in their future committee meetings with the DAR, he would create a technical working group who will address the agrarian beneficiaries’ problems on land amortization.  

“In our next committee meeting, give us a list of projects that we can work on. We can help link farmers’ products to international markets,” encouraged Cayetano.  

At the briefing, committee member Senator Cynthia Villar informed Mariano that the DAR has funding worth P300-M, which the DAR can use for agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).  

“This [funds] will be received by DAR for the next 10 years. It will come from the sugar industry project that we have passed during the 16th congress. The beneficiaries are ARBs,” explained Villar.  

At the meeting, Villar also instructed the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) to device ways for farmers avail of loans coming from the Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ACEF).  

“At present, ACEF has P5 billion in the LBP. This funds will be a big help for farmers,” said Villar.  

Cayetano told Mariano to let the committee “be your advocate for agrarian reform. We will let your voice be heard by the national media. I will also include your concerns in government endeavors.” (DAR)