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May 16, 2017 51

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 98

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 72

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 63

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 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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