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October 10, 2016 64

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 68

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 74

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 56

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 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.