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May 16, 2017 43

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 93

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 65

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 58

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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Govt eyes 2-year break in farmland conversions

TheStandardAN EXECUTIVE order is being prepared to declare a two-year moratorium on the conversion of agricultural lands, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano has said. Following the reconvening of the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) after former President Benigno Aquino III shunned it for almost 10 years since 2006, Mariano said the conversion of these agricultural lands to other uses will be suspended.

“The PARC agreed to impose a two-year moratorium on the conversion of agricultural lands. We also prepared an executive order, subject to review and amendments by the President,” Mariano told reporters in a Palace press briefing.

The agrarian reform chief added they are seeking to reform the situation wherein more than 50,000 ha of land were converted into non-agriculture uses in 2015 alone.

The moratorium shall cover and apply only to all awarded lands under Republic Act No. 6657 as amended; and those covered by Presidential Decree 27 and other Agrarian Reform laws.    

Mariano said that the moratorium will cover the processing and approval of all applications for land use conversion of agricultural lands to non-agricultural uses, including those covered with notices of coverage.

The new executive order seeks to maintain retention areas, including leasehold lands estimated at 1.2 million hectares.

The order will also seek to protect more thatn 4.7 million ha agricultural lands distributed or awarded in the past to more than 2.7 million agrarian reform beneficiaries.

Under Agrarian Reform Laws, illegal and premature conversion of lands are prohibited of up to 10 years if there are no conversion orders issued by the DAR, which has the exclusive authority to issue, approve or disapprove applications for land use conversions.

Mariano said the move to preserve prime agricultural lands within two years can fast track the government’s review of land conversion permits, and leasehold contracts.

“We need this to know if there have been violations ... In this draft Executive Order, a task force will be created to assess the status of land use conversion in the country and that DAR has the support of other implementing agencies as well,” Mariano said.

Source: http://thestandard.com.ph/news/-main-stories/top-stories/216216/govt-eyes-2-year-break-in-farmland-conversions.html