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June 26, 2017 126

DAR officials, employees reach 'agreement' on 4-year row

MANILA -- Agrarian reform officials and employees have reached an agreement that would end their four-year row over the plight of 10,000 department employees nationwide who were displaced under the government’s rationalization scheme. Read More..
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Jun 12, 2017 72

Food firm’s complaint vs DAR officials junked

The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed a graft complaint filed by the Lapanday Foods Corporation (LFC) against Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano and Undersecretary Luis Pañgulayan. Read More..
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May 30, 2017 197

DAR amends rules on adjudication of agrarian law…

TO ensure a just, inexpensive and expeditious determination of agrarian cases, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has amended its rules on adjudication of cases involving agrarian law implementation (ALI). Read More..
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May 30, 2017 121

Luisita farmers to stay as lot owners

AGRARIAN Secretary Rafael Mariano said on Friday that farmer-beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita Inc. will stay as owners of lots under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. Read More..

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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