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April 18, 2017 11

Agrarian Reform Secretary Mariano to supervise…

TAGUM CITY, Philippines – No less than the Agrarian Reform Secretary, Rafael Mariano will attend the symbolic reinstallation of farmers in the contested San Isidro area inside the Hijo Plantation in Barangay Madaum here Tuesday morning. Read More..
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Apr 18, 2017 11

Amid Lapanday 'defiance,' DAR insists farmers must get share

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano ordered the "peaceful installation" of farmers at a Davao del Norte plantation that was earlier the subject of a cease and desist order (CDO). Read More..
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Apr 18, 2017 13

DAR chief eyes 6M hectares for farmers

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano is looking at some some six million hectares of public and private agricultural lands, some of which have been exempted from agrarian reform, for distribution to farmers. Read More..
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Apr 10, 2017 39

Mariano again hits Aquino over sacada in sugar estate

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano hit out on Tuesday former President Benigno Aquino III for keeping silent on the recruitment of seasonal contractual sugar farmers, locally called sacada, from Mindanao at the Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac. 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