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April 18, 2017 12

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 12

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 13

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..
TheStandard
Apr 10, 2017 40

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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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