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June 26, 2017 122

DAR officials, employees reach 'agreement' on 4-year row

MANILA -- Agrarian reform officials and employees have reached an agreement that would end their four-year row over the plight of 10,000 department employees nationwide who were displaced under the government’s rationalization scheme. Read More..
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Jun 12, 2017 71

Food firm’s complaint vs DAR officials junked

The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed a graft complaint filed by the Lapanday Foods Corporation (LFC) against Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano and Undersecretary Luis Pañgulayan. Read More..
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May 30, 2017 191

DAR amends rules on adjudication of agrarian law…

TO ensure a just, inexpensive and expeditious determination of agrarian cases, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has amended its rules on adjudication of cases involving agrarian law implementation (ALI). Read More..
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May 30, 2017 119

Luisita farmers to stay as lot owners

AGRARIAN Secretary Rafael Mariano said on Friday that farmer-beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita Inc. will stay as owners of lots under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. Read More..

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400,000 hectares of land distributed by 2019 – DAR

manilatimes 1The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is eyeing to distribute 400,000 hectares of land to 379,236 agrarian reform beneficiaries by 2019 or less than three years from now.

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano announced the target during the recent presentation of DAR’s P10-billion proposed budget for 2017 before the House appropriations panel.

If DAR met the self-imposed deadline, Mariano said, there would only be 72,450 hectares left for distribution in the remaining three years of the Duterte administration.

There are 148,636 hectares more to be handed over to the agrarian reform beneficiaries on top of the 472,450 hectares that should be distributed by 2022, according to him.

The DAR chief was referring to the 148,636 hectares of problematic landholdings or privately owned agricultural lands that are yet to be covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) Law.

Mariano said the total area to be distributed within six years is over 621,000 hectares.

“We want to take this opportunity for Congress to also help the department in passing a new agrarian reform law that will expand the mandate of the DAR and facilitate the coverage of more agricultural lands not yet covered by our agrarian reform program. We recommend that the proposed legislation consider coverage of lands previously exempted or excluded from agrarian reform coverage at the least cost, if not free, to farmers,” he told the House Committee on Appropriations.

The CARP law covers alienable and disposable lands of the public domain devoted to or suitable for agriculture; lands of the public domain in excess of the specific limits as determined by Congress; lands owned by the government devoted to or suitable for agriculture; and private lands devoted to or suitable for agriculture regardless of the agricultural products raised or that can be raised there.

The CARP Law bans reclassifying forest or mineral lands as agricultural lands unless Congress determines it by law.

From 1987 to 2016, DAR records would show that of the 4.8 million hectares covered under the CARP Law, 4.7 million hectares had Emancipation Patents and Certificate of Land Ownership Award (EP/CLOA) and were distributed to 2.8 million agrarian reform beneficiaries nationwide.

Of the 4.7 million hectares, 2.6 million or 55 percent are Private Agricultural Lands (PAL) and the remaining 2.1 million hectares are non-PAL.

In addition, 1.8 million hectares of the 4.7 million hectares that have been awarded to agrarian reform beneficiaries are compensable by the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).

The remaining 2.9 million hectares are non-LBP compensable.LLANESCA T. PANTI

Source: http://www.manilatimes.net/400000-hectares-of-land-distributed-by-2019-dar/285391/