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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 72

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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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