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April 18, 2017 2

Agrarian Reform Secretary Mariano to supervise…

TAGUM CITY, Philippines – No less than the Agrarian Reform Secretary, Rafael Mariano will attend the symbolic reinstallation of farmers in the contested San Isidro area inside the Hijo Plantation in Barangay Madaum here Tuesday morning. Read More..
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Apr 18, 2017 2

Amid Lapanday 'defiance,' DAR insists farmers must get share

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano ordered the "peaceful installation" of farmers at a Davao del Norte plantation that was earlier the subject of a cease and desist order (CDO). Read More..
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Apr 18, 2017 3

DAR chief eyes 6M hectares for farmers

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano is looking at some some six million hectares of public and private agricultural lands, some of which have been exempted from agrarian reform, for distribution to farmers. Read More..
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Apr 10, 2017 35

Mariano again hits Aquino over sacada in sugar estate

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano hit out on Tuesday former President Benigno Aquino III for keeping silent on the recruitment of seasonal contractual sugar farmers, locally called sacada, from Mindanao at the Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac. 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

Source: http://www.manilatimes.net/100-days-for-nueva-ecija-land-distribution/285275/