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TheStandard
February 09, 2017 45

Unite vs oligarchs, farmers exhorted

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano urged farmers of the Hacienda Luisita Inc. under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program to unite against the landlord oligarchy of the Cojuangco-Aquino clan. Read More..
TheStandard
Feb 01, 2017 43

Mariano probes farmer’s shooting in Negros

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano ordered on Tuesday an investigation and fast resolution of a land dispute in Negros Occidental, the bastion of vast tracts of haciendas. Read More..
pia
Jan 17, 2017 88

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 77

“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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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.

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2131474289857/dar-secretary-bats-for-new-land-reform-law-in-senate-budget-bid


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