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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 110

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 76

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 62

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 chief vows immediate action on land reform beneficiaries barred from landholdings

businessworldThe Agrarian Reform chief in a statement said he will, in 15 days, "answer [the] problems" of agrarian beneficiaries (ARBs) in Jaro, Iloilo City, who are not yet "installed" to their landholdings despite certificates of landownership award (CLOAs) issued to them since the 1990s.

According to a statement by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), a total of 6,690 ARBs are still uninstalled in some 358 landholdings covering 10,751 hectares.

“At present we are already taking actions in resolving their issues and concerns. But after seeing and hearing them air their problems, we will devote extra time to study and step- up ways to install them [to their lands] in the soonest possible time,” Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael M. Mariano said in the statement.

DAR Regional Director Gideon A. Umadhay Jr. noted that land installation in the province is mostly undertaken with the help of the police and military due to resistance by previous landowners.

DAR has organized a technical working group moving to help bring farmers to their respective lands.

“This group has already formulated effective strategies. We have advocacy initiatives, dialogues with the landowners and farmers’ groups, and we have gained active support from our partner agencies and the local government officials,” Mr. Umadhay said in the statement.

Apart from Mr. Mariano’s avowed commitment to resolve this matter in 15 days, the agency has also tapped the Jaro Archdiocesan Social Action Center to facilitate until January next year the installation of ARBs to the lands entitled to them.

Source: http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Economy&title=dar-chief-vows-immediate-action-on-land-reform-beneficiaries-barred-from-landholdings&id=133237