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TheStandard
February 09, 2017 42

Unite vs oligarchs, farmers exhorted

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano urged farmers of the Hacienda Luisita Inc. under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program to unite against the landlord oligarchy of the Cojuangco-Aquino clan. Read More..
TheStandard
Feb 01, 2017 40

Mariano probes farmer’s shooting in Negros

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano ordered on Tuesday an investigation and fast resolution of a land dispute in Negros Occidental, the bastion of vast tracts of haciendas. Read More..
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Jan 17, 2017 84

DAR to run after those guilty of illegal and unlawful…

BANILAD, CEBU CITY, Jan. 12 — Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano approved and supported the proposal of Undersecretary for Legal Operations Office Luis Meinrado Pangulayan’s to file cases and prosecute those found guilty… Read More..
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Jan 12, 2017 74

“Let us uphold farmers’ rights and welfare”—Sec. Ka Paeng

BANILAD, CEBU CITY, Jan. 11—Agrarian Secretary Rafael ‘Ka Paeng’ Mariano stated this at the ongoing conference for its third level officials to craft the department’s strategic plans and directions for 2017 to 2022. 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)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1141472039997/ka-paeng-briefs-senatorcayetano-on-agrarian-reform