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May 29, 2017 4

DAR to install farmers in disputed Davao plantation May 18

MANILA — For the third time this year, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will attempt to install farmer-beneficiaries evicted from a disputed portion of a banana plantation in Tagum, Davao del Norte — this time, with a go-signal from the President and… Read More..
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May 19, 2017 1

DAR secretary is GRP consultant on CASER in 5th round of…

Tagum City– Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano will participate in the fifth round of peace talks between government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) that will tackle, among others, the agrarian reform and rural… Read More..
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May 19, 2017 1

MARBAI farmers reclaim land from Lapanday in Tagum

TAGUM CITY (MindaNews/18 May) – After seven years of struggle to reclaim the 145-hectare banana plantation from the management of Lapanday Foods Corp. (LFC), a Lorenzo-owned company, members of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, Inc.… Read More..
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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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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