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October 10, 2016 58

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 64

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 68

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 48

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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DAR probes killings of 5 farmers in Ecija, Isabela

inquirerCITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano has formed legal teams to investigate last week’s killings of five farmers in the provinces of Nueva Ecija and Isabela to determine if these attacks were triggered by land disputes. On Sept. 3, armed men opened fire at a group of farmers, killing Emerencia dela Rosa, Violeta Mercado, Eligio Barbado and Gaudencio Bagalay in Barangay San Isidro in Nueva Ecija’s Laur town. The farmers were resting at 2 p.m. after building huts on agrarian land that had been segregated from the Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation.

On Sept. 7, three men killed Ariel Diaz, head of the Danggayan Dagiti Manalon (Dagami), at his farm in Villa Pereda in Delfin Albano town in Isabela.

Dagami is an affiliate of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, which Mariano used to chair before President Duterte appointed him to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

Mariano said the fact-finding teams are led by Undersecretary Luis Meinrado Pangulayan and Assistant Secretary Elmer Distor, both from the legal affairs office of the DAR.

The teams also consist of the DAR regional directors, provincial agrarian reform officer and their legal division chiefs, as well as a representative of an organization of farmers.

Mariano committed to help bring justice to the slain farmers.

This was not the first attack in Laur. On July 9, 2010, Pascual Guevarra, the leader of a farmers’ group in San Isidro village, was shot dead.

Maj. Gen. Angelito de Leon, commander of the Philippine Army’s 7th Infantry Division based in Fort Magsaysay, said the farmers were on portions of a 3,100-hectare lot which was turned over to DAR through Executive Order No. 448 issued by the late President Corazon Aquino. She ordered the lands apportioned to landless farmers and tillers displaced by Mt. Pinatubo’s 1991 eruptions.Tonette Orejas, Inquirer Central Luzon