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May 16, 2017 45

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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May 04, 2017 97

Mariano: DAR won’t charge farmers for selling lands

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will not sue farmers who sold or leased agrarian land they were granted in 2013 at Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac province, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano said on Tuesday.The Comprehensive… Read More..
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May 02, 2017 67

DAR voids illegal lease, sale of Hacienda Luisita CARP lands

MANILA, Philippines — Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano on Wednesday voided the sale and leasing out of Hacienda Luisita farm lots awarded by the government to agrarian reform beneficiaries. Read More..
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May 02, 2017 59

DAR cancels Luisita deals

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano on Wednesday nullified the sale or lease of agrarian lands awarded by the government in Hacienda Luisita.Mariano cited the 10-year ban that stopped holders of certificates of land ownership award… Read More..

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More Aquino clan land distributed to landless farmers

thegulftodayMANILA: Close to 360 hectares of land in the vast sugar estate owned by the clan of former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino have been ordered for distribution to landless farmers under the government’s agrarian reform programme.

Secretary Rafael Mariano of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said he ordered the distribution to legitimate farmer-beneficiaries of the land that belonged to the vast sugar plantation known as Hacienda Luisita owned by the powerful and influential Cojuangco clan that covers Tarlac and three other neighbouring provinces in Central Luzon.

The late global democracy icon president Corazon “Tita (Auntie) Cory” Aquino, the mother of Noynoy Aquino who also served as president for six years from June 2010 to June 2016 belonged to the clan.

In a press conference, Mariano disclosed the additional 360 hectares of land were not included in the 4,915-hectares of Hacienda Luisita that the Supreme Court had ordered in 2011 for distribution to the thousands of workers and tenants of the plantation under the land reform programme.

Mariano, a militant leader of a big farmers’ group as well as a former party-list congressman, issued the order eight weeks after President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte named him as the DAR secretary.

“All the powers available to the DAR will be used under my term...to protect the rights of farmers.

We will make sure no farmer will be displaced from his land,” Mariano emphasised.

The DAR reported 97 per cent of the 4,915 hectares at the plantation had already been distributed to more than 6,000 beneficiaries, with the remaining 78 hectares to be distributed soon to 111 more beneficiaries.

According to the DAR law department, the 560 hectares had been declared an agricultural land since 1988, contrary to the claim of the Cojuangcos through their holding company Tarlac Development Corporation.

Joseph Canlas, the head of the “Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP or Farmers’ Movement of the Philippines), welcomed Mariano’s saying: “This would serve as an added weapon for farmers against the Cojuangco family’s continuing scheme to evade land distribution.”

Sourcehttp://gulftoday.ae/portal/dc6b5d50-bcba-458f-acbb-f0d3a7c5f6ec.aspx