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June 26, 2017 119

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 69

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 188

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 115

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 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