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TheStandard
February 09, 2017 42

Unite vs oligarchs, farmers exhorted

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano urged farmers of the Hacienda Luisita Inc. under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program to unite against the landlord oligarchy of the Cojuangco-Aquino clan. Read More..
TheStandard
Feb 01, 2017 40

Mariano probes farmer’s shooting in Negros

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano ordered on Tuesday an investigation and fast resolution of a land dispute in Negros Occidental, the bastion of vast tracts of haciendas. Read More..
pia
Jan 17, 2017 84

DAR to run after those guilty of illegal and unlawful…

BANILAD, CEBU CITY, Jan. 12 — Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano approved and supported the proposal of Undersecretary for Legal Operations Office Luis Meinrado Pangulayan’s to file cases and prosecute those found guilty… Read More..
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Jan 12, 2017 74

“Let us uphold farmers’ rights and welfare”—Sec. Ka Paeng

BANILAD, CEBU CITY, Jan. 11—Agrarian Secretary Rafael ‘Ka Paeng’ Mariano stated this at the ongoing conference for its third level officials to craft the department’s strategic plans and directions for 2017 to 2022. Read More..

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DAR chief pushes bill on free land distribution to CARP beneficiaries

rappler logoMANILA, Philippines – Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano has urged lawmakers to pass a proposed measure that seeks to provide free land distribution to qualified beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Mariano made the appeal at the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) budget briefing late Tuesday, September 6, at the House of Representatives.

The DAR chief,former head of the farmer-peasants group Kilusang Mambubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), noted that only a quarter of the 900,000 CARP beneficiaries have completed payment of the lands distributed to them.

He said the Land Bank of the Philippines has already released a total of P69.4 billion to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) but 75% of them have not fully paid their dues.

"This is a big policy issue that we will address to the prerogative of the legislative. Over 120,000 of our ARBs cannot even pay their monthly amortization," he told lawmakers.

Mariano urged lawmakers to pass House Bill No. 555 or the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill, which proposes free land distribution to all qualified farmer-beneficiaries. It also seeks the institutionalization of a state-funded subsidy program for land reform beneficiaries in crucial aspects of agricultural production.

Prior to his Cabinet appointment, Mariano had pushed for a new agrarian reform law since the CARP extension already expired in 2014.

The agency has yet to distribute more than 620,000 hectares of land and settle disputes and charges of land grabbing between private landowners and farmer-beneficiaries.

Slimmer budget

For 2017, DAR has proposed a lower budget of P10.144 billion from 2016's P10.4 billion.

The bulk of the proposed budget is for the implementation of CARP, despite its expiration. DAR's proposed budget for CARP next year is P9.8 billion.

Mariano noted that the decrease in the 2017 allocation is due to the 34% cut in maintenance and operating expenses.

Meanwhile, the proposed capital outlay for 2017 is higher than in 2016, or to P1,663,680,000 from P911,221,000, a difference of P752.5 million.

Mariano explained that the proposed increased allotment is for the implementation of foreign-assisted projects: the Agrarian Reform Community Development Support Program, the Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development Project, and the Convergence on Value-Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment Project.

Among its services, DAR has allotted the biggest chunk – P1.2 billion – to the Land Tenure Services (LTS). This will be used to acquire and distribute 95,000 hectares of agricultural landholdings nationwide.

Of this amount, P498.4 million will used to give tenurial security to farmer beneficiaries. - Rappler.com

Source: http://www.rappler.com/nation/145448-dar-chief-bill-free-land-carp-beneficiaries