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October 10, 2016 68

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 69

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 76

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 60

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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Govt to set 2-year moratorium on land-use conversion

manila bulletin blue logoThe government is preparing an executive order that will set a two-year moratorium on the conversion of agricultural lands in the country. The proposed moratorium on land-use conversion was formally adopted by the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) during a meeting convened by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in Malacañang last Monday.

“PARC has agreed, adopted the imposition of a two-year moratorium of conversion of agricultural lands. We have started to draft an executive order  that will subject to the study and approval of President Duterte,” Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano said in Filipino during a Palace press conference.

“There is a state policy to preserve agricultural lands to ensure food security,” he said.

Mariano said the draft EO seeks to declare a “moratorium on the processing and approval of all applications for land use conversion of agricultural lands to non-agricultural uses.”