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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 108

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 74

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 58

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 wants 2-year moratorium vs agri land conversion

abscbn-logoMANILA - A two-year moratorium on the conversion of agricultural lands is being proposed by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) after getting a go signal from President Rodrigo Duterte, a top official said Tuesday. The Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) is working on an executive order (EO) that will place a moratorium "on the processing and approval of all applications for all land-use conversion of agricultural lands for non-agricultural uses," Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano said.

If implemented, the moratorium will apply to all awarded lands under Republic Act 6657, Presidential Decree 27 and other agriculture reform laws. 

These include agricultural lands with notices of coverage issued by DAR, irrigated and irrigable lands, prime agricultural lands, retention areas of land owners which are tenanted, and agricultural lands with presence of agricultural activity or cultivated by farmers individually or collectively.

Under the proposed EO, a task force will be created to assess the status of land use conversion in the country, and will also give DAR the power to call upon the support of other implementing agencies.

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

A policy review and formulation committee will also look into existing administrative orders issued by the department under previous administrations.

"Currently, DAR's role is only to issue a notice to proceed. We want to change that and give DAR a bigger role in ensuring that farmers are given what they are due," Mariano said.

Mariano said the President has given a directive to distribute lands to qualified farmer beneficiaries, and wants PARC to be more responsive by imposing timelines. 

Duterte also mentioned the need to return coco levy funds to farmers and instructed Land Bank to provide more assistance to agrarian reform beneficiaries.

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/09/13/16/dar-wants-2-year-moratorium-vs-agri-land-conversion