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September 22, 2016 12

DAR Secretary bats for new land reform law in Senate budget…

QUEZON CITY, Sept. 20 -- Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano has enjoined senators to pass a new law that will expand the coverage of the government’s agrarian reform program and introduce a free or low-cost land distribution scheme. During… Read More..
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Sep 22, 2016 11

DAR asks Senate for expanded land reform, lower costs for…

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano on Monday called on lawmakers to pass a new measure which would expand the coverage of the government's agrarian reform program, and lower amortization costs for beneficiaries."(W)e take this opportunity for the Senate… Read More..
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Sep 15, 2016 98

Govt eyes 2-year break in farmland conversions

AN EXECUTIVE order is being prepared to declare a two-year moratorium on the conversion of agricultural lands, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano has said. Read More..
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Sep 15, 2016 98

DAR to stop processing applications for land-use conversion

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is halting the process and approval of applications on land-use conversion ahead of a proposal to have a two-year moratorium on conversion, a report on GMA News' "Balitanghali" said Wednesday. 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