Secretary in the News

TheStandard
February 09, 2017 47

Unite vs oligarchs, farmers exhorted

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano urged farmers of the Hacienda Luisita Inc. under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program to unite against the landlord oligarchy of the Cojuangco-Aquino clan. Read More..
TheStandard
Feb 01, 2017 43

Mariano probes farmer’s shooting in Negros

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano ordered on Tuesday an investigation and fast resolution of a land dispute in Negros Occidental, the bastion of vast tracts of haciendas. Read More..
pia
Jan 17, 2017 91

DAR to run after those guilty of illegal and unlawful…

BANILAD, CEBU CITY, Jan. 12 — Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano approved and supported the proposal of Undersecretary for Legal Operations Office Luis Meinrado Pangulayan’s to file cases and prosecute those found guilty… Read More..
pia
Jan 12, 2017 78

“Let us uphold farmers’ rights and welfare”—Sec. Ka Paeng

BANILAD, CEBU CITY, Jan. 11—Agrarian Secretary Rafael ‘Ka Paeng’ Mariano stated this at the ongoing conference for its third level officials to craft the department’s strategic plans and directions for 2017 to 2022. Read More..

Videos of the Secretary

video sec3


DAR to stop processing applications for land-use conversion

gmanewsonlineThe 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. "DAR wants a two-year moratorium on agricultural lands so they won't be converted to subdivisions ... " Agrarian Reform Chief Rafael Mariano said.

In the meantime, Mariano said the department will temporarily stop processing and approving applications for land-use conversion.

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

The moratorium will cover 4.7 million hectares of lands awarded under RA 6657, Presidential Decree 27, and other agrarian reform laws.

Sagip Saka

In a separate statement, Sen. Francis Pangilinan, who chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, noted President Rodrigo Duterte's moratorium on land-use conversion and the condonation of farmers' debt penalties would end poverty among  Filipino farmers, especially "if coupled with an institutional program that increases their income."

The proposed measure – "Sagip Saka" of Farmers and Fishers Entrepreneurship and Development Act – will help farmers and fisher folks increase their income.

Sagip Saka requires national and local government agencies to help small farmers and fishers cluster themselves and sell directly to food distributors and consumers.

“Siguraduhin nating ang pagtaas ng kita ng mga magsasaka ang magiging batayan ng tagumpay ng mga programang sakahan," Pangilinan said.— Ted Cordero/VDS, GMA News

Source: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/581328/money/economy/dar-to-stop-processing-applications-for-land-use-conversion