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October 10, 2016 59

DAR’s Mariano seeks to slash PARC Execom membership from 26…

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is seeking to reduce the number of Presidential Agrarian Reform Council-Executive Committee (PARC-Execom) members to fast-track the resolution of agrarian- reform cases. Read More..
Oct 03, 2016 65

DAR junks ‘lotto system’

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano on Friday stood pat on his ground to nullify the use of lottery draw to allocate plots to farmer-beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita Inc. owned by the family of
former President Benigno Aquino III in Tarlac province.
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Sep 29, 2016 69

Mariano vows to distribute Palawan’s Yulo King Ranch to…

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael V. Mariano vowed to distribute the controversial Yulo King Ranch (YKR) to landless farmers in Coron and Busuanga in Palawan. Read More..
Sep 28, 2016 49

DAR to help hasten land distribution of YKR lands

QUEZON CITY, Sept. 28 - Agrarian Secretary Rafael Mariano has ordered the DAR field operations and legal officials to coordinate with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to fast-track the process of transfering to the DAR the Yulo King… Read More..

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DAR Secretary bats for new land reform law in Senate budget bid

piaQUEZON CITY, Sept. 20 -- Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano has enjoined senators to pass a new law that will expand the coverage of the government’s agrarian reform program and introduce a free or low-cost land distribution scheme.

During Monday’s deliberation of the Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) proposed P10.1 billion budget for 2017, Sec. Mariano urged the Senate Committee on Finance headed by Senator Loren Legarda to seriously study the possibility of passing a new agrarian reform law.

“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. However, there remain several limitations in our current legal mandate,” Sec. Mariano told the Senate panel.

“This is why we 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,” the secretary explained.

Sec. Mariano said that the new legislation should consider coverage of lands previously exempted or excluded from agrarian reform coverage at the least cost, if not free, to farmers.

The new legislation should also address problems encountered and presently faced by our agrarian reform beneficiaries, especially payment of amortization under pain of foreclosure by the Land Bank of the Philippines, the secretary added.

Sec. Mariano emphasized that only about a quarter of the 906,997 beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) have completed 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 issue that the Legislature should address,” Sec. Mariano said.