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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 110

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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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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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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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.”

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