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October 10, 2016 55

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 62

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 65

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 44

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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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 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.”