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May 16, 2017 51

DAR mulls end to land conversion

LLANERA, Nueva Ecija: The government is planning to put an end to widespread land conversion that for years has defeated the goal to attain food self-sufficiency. Read More..
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May 04, 2017 98

Mariano: DAR won’t charge farmers for selling lands

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will not sue farmers who sold or leased agrarian land they were granted in 2013 at Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac province, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano said on Tuesday.The Comprehensive… Read More..
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May 02, 2017 73

DAR voids illegal lease, sale of Hacienda Luisita CARP lands

MANILA, Philippines — Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano on Wednesday voided the sale and leasing out of Hacienda Luisita farm lots awarded by the government to agrarian reform beneficiaries. Read More..
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May 02, 2017 63

DAR cancels Luisita deals

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano on Wednesday nullified the sale or lease of agrarian lands awarded by the government in Hacienda Luisita.Mariano cited the 10-year ban that stopped holders of certificates of land ownership award… 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