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June 26, 2017 44

DAR officials, employees reach 'agreement' on 4-year row

MANILA -- Agrarian reform officials and employees have reached an agreement that would end their four-year row over the plight of 10,000 department employees nationwide who were displaced under the government’s rationalization scheme. Read More..
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Jun 12, 2017 28

Food firm’s complaint vs DAR officials junked

The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed a graft complaint filed by the Lapanday Foods Corporation (LFC) against Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano and Undersecretary Luis Pañgulayan. Read More..
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May 30, 2017 130

DAR amends rules on adjudication of agrarian law…

TO ensure a just, inexpensive and expeditious determination of agrarian cases, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has amended its rules on adjudication of cases involving agrarian law implementation (ALI). Read More..
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May 30, 2017 76

Luisita farmers to stay as lot owners

AGRARIAN Secretary Rafael Mariano said on Friday that farmer-beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita Inc. will stay as owners of lots under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. Read More..

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Mariano to revoke approval on undeveloped converted agricultural lands

foodevolutionphAgrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano will revoke the approval on the conversion of agricultural lands if they are not developed into the commercial, industrial, or residential area they were meant to be.

In a statement, Mariano said that the law allows the Department of Agrarian Reform to go after individuals and companies if the farm land they converted within five years.

Mariano has asked the National Irrigation Administration for a list of irrigated lands that have been converted into non-agricultural lands.

“NIA’s data said some 50,000 hectares were converted. The average rice yield per hectare is three to four metric tons. That would mean we are losing more than 150 metric tons of rice every harvest season which could have been additional production to ensure our food security,” Mariano said.

The DAR has been reviewing the farm lands converted into non-agricultural lands int eh past five years making an inventory.

“By September, I will know the extent of those converted lands in terms of number of conversion orders, areas covered and number of farmers involved. We will then study everything before we make legal actions,” Mariano added.

Source: http://foodevolution.com.ph/2016/08/mariano-to-revoke-approval-on-undeveloped-converted-agricultural-lands/