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October 10, 2016 59

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 65

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 69

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 49

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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‘100 days’ for Nueva Ecija land distribution

manilatimes 1CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija:Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano, a former farmers’ party- list representative, has promised to finish the land distribution process in 100 days for the 3,100 hectares in portions of Laur town and Palayan City in Nueva Ecija where four people were massacred by five still unidentified men last week.

Mariano, a Novo Ecijano, made the vow during deliberation on his department’s proposed 2017 budget at the House of Representatives, according to Rep. Rosanna Vergara of the Third District of Nueva Ecija.

The area that used to be part of the Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation falls within Vergara’s district, prompting her to ask Mariano on the state of agrarian reform program even as the Agrarian Reform chief himself brought up the issue on “problematic lands” in the country, saying there many pieces of DAR property that have not been titled.

“He [Mariano] promised that he would personally monitor the transfer,” Vergara said.

When she asked Mariano if a year would do, he said, “One hundred days, Congresswoman Vergara.”

Saying she will closely monitor such implementation, Vergara raised the issue after noting the prolonged processes could have paved the way for unscrupulous individuals such as those who employed the armed men who attacked and killed the four farmers on Saturday.

She lauded Mariano for taking land titling as among the priority of his department.

Mariano assailed the massacre.

Darrel Morales, executive assistant of Mayor Alex Daus of Laur, said the local government, in coordination with the police and the Philippine Army, has called for a stakeholders’ dialogue at the municipal gymnasium.

The meeting, he added, is aimed at finding ways to thresh out problems that beset the land distribution and address the concerns that arise from it. PNA