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January 17, 2017 7

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..
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Jan 12, 2017 24

“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..
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Jan 04, 2017 35

DAR gives CLOA to ARBs

CABARROGUIS, Quirino, Dec. 30 (PIA) - - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Sec. Rafael “Ka Paeng” V. Mariano recently distributed Certificates of Land Ownership (CLOA) to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) here during his visit in the province for the… Read More..
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Dec 21, 2016 47

DAR stops Lapanday guards from evicting banana farmers in…

MANILA — Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano has issued a cease and desist order prohibiting Lapanday Foods Corp. (LFC) and its security guards from evicting farmers who have reclaimed a 145-hectare banana plantation in Barangay Madaum, Tagum City, that… Read More..

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DAR asks Senate for expanded land reform, lower costs for farmers

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano on Monday called on lawmakers to pass a new measure which would expand the coverage of the government's agrarian reform program, and lower amortization costs for beneficiaries.

"(W)e take this opportunity for the Senate to also help the department in passing a new agrarian reform law that will expand the mandate of the DAR and facilitate the coverage of more than 621,000 hectares of agricultural lands not yet covered by our agrarian reform program," he told the Senate Committee on Finance in a budget hearing.

According to Mariano, the new legislation should consider coverage of lands previously exempted or excluded from agrarian reform coverage, and this should be given to farmers at the least cost, if not free.

gmanewsonline"At present, DAR's legal mandate still emanates from Republic Act No. 6657 or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law of 1988. This law continues to give DAR the power to acquire, administer, distribute, and develop agricultural lands for agrarian reform purposes even after expiration of the period for Land Acquisition and Distribution in 2014," he said. The comprehensive agrarian reform program (CARP) involves the redistribution of public and private agricultural lands to farmers and farmers and farm workers who are landless, irrespective of tenurial arrangement.

The latest data available shows that a total of 4.69 million hectares have already been distributed from 1972 to 2015 — 2.6 million hectares of private agrarian land, and 2.1 million hectares of non-private lands.

"However, there remain several limitations in our current legal mandate," Mariano said.

One of the issues cited by Mariano is the amortization fee, with only a quarter of the 906,997 beneficiaries being able to complete payment of lands distributed to them.

"When we reviewed the books, it was obvious that our farmer beneficiaries are finding it extremely difficult to pay their monthly amortization. This is a big policy that the legislature should address," Mariano said.

DAR currently has a P10.14-billion budget under the National Expenditure Program (NEP), down by P241.9 million from the P10.4 billion under the General Appropriations Act of 2016. —NB, GMA News

Source: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/581931/money/economy/dar-asks-senate-for-expanded-land-reform-lower-costs-for-farmers