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DAR chief backs return to peace talks with NPA

MANILA — Leftist Cabinet member Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano reiterated his support for the peace talks between the Philippine government and the communist-led National Democratic Front (NDFP), as the erstwhile stalled talks was put… Read More..
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Feb 28, 2017 112

DAR chief: 727-hectare Hacienda Luisita property covered by…

MANILA, Philippines –Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Marianoon Friday, February 24, issued an order that will place a 727-hectare property of Hacienda Luisita, Incorporated (HLI) in Tarlac under the coverage of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program… Read More..
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Feb 28, 2017 80

More land for CARP found in Luisita

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has expanded the coverage of agrarian reform in an estate owned by former President Aquino’s family in Tarlac province, marking 384 hectares of idle land in the area for distribution to farmers. Read More..
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Feb 23, 2017 64

DAR chief wants land conflicts resolved following slaying…

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano has ordered all regional offices of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to settle high-profile land cases in their areas, following the killing of another farmer-activist last week. The latest incident in Cotabato… Read More..

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DAR targets lands spared from CARP

inquirerBACOLOD CITY—Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano said he would expand agrarian reform coverage to include lands that had been exempted from the program or converted to other uses to skirt inclusion.

He also promised to correct erroneous notices of coverage on thousands of hectares of land that had delayed land distribution. Mariano met on Friday with 684 farmers in Negros Occidental that has the largest agrarian reform backlog in the country, with a balance of 91,000 hectares still to be distributed.

The total backlog for the Negros Island Region (NIR), composed of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, is 101,000 ha.

The backlog in Negros Oriental reached 10,000, according to Stephen Leonidas, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) NIR director.

Notices of coverage have been issued for most of the 101,000 ha.

He added that the DAR was correcting erroneous notices of coverage on 35,650 ha which are part of the 91,000 ha backlog in Negros Occidental.

“The DAR is looking at the reissuance or amendments to the erroneous NOCs to address the problem and to prevent legal challenges from landowners,” he said.

The DAR, he said, is also talking with the Register of Deeds over complaints of “chop-chop” land titles, where large land areas with a single title are broken up into smaller portions with multiple titles to prevent the property from being covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

“There is a need for close coordination between the DAR and the Register of Deeds to prevent the issuance of ‘chop-chop’ titles on land already covered by agrarian reform,” he said.

The Register of Deeds should seek clearance from the DAR before issuing these titles, he added.

Leonidas said the practice of breaking up land titles was rampant in Negros Occidental, a known landlord bastion.

A DAR report cited the 140.9-hectare Hacienda Tinijaban in Barangay San Jose, EB Magalona in Negros Occidental as an example of an area with chopped up land titles.

While the law mandating the agrarian reform program has already expired, it allows the DAR to continue issuing notices of coverage for lands that are to be distributed to farmers.

Militant groups are demanding an agrarian reform program that would distribute lands for free to farmers and lead to confiscation of parcels of land that had been illegally acquired by their owners.

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