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May 16, 2017 45

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 97

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 67

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 59

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 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