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TheStandard
February 09, 2017 53

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 46

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 93

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 82

“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 to help hasten land distribution of YKR lands

newlogoPIAQUEZON 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 Ranch (YKR) in Coron, Palawan for distribution to farmer-beneficiaries.  

Mariano has instructed DAR Undersecretary for Field Operations Marcos Risonar and Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs Elmer Distor to coordinate with the DENR to find out the facts on the petitions of  farmer groups in the Yulo lands.  

Mariano said the YKR property is a vast track of land consisting of around 40,000 hectares under the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) of the DENR. Within the YKR are some 8,000 hectares, more or less, which are alienable and disposable public lands (A and D) subject of request for coverage under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) by PESANTE Pilipinas, Inc. and several other groups like the Federation of Free Farmers, KAMPI, KASAMA-TK and other local groups in Palawan.

“According to our documents, the more or less 8,000 hectares of Yulo lands that are subject for petitions by various farmer groups were not yet turned over to the DAR by the DENR. Therefore, the lands remain to be under the jurisdiction of the FMB of the DENR,” said Mariano.  

“Although these A&D public lands can be the subject of future coverage under the CARP, it has to be first turned over to the DAR by the DENR through a Deed of Transfer and Memorandum of Agreement,” explained Mariano.  

“The DAR is now looking into this matter. Rest assured, we will do our part to hasten the processes so that the land will finally be distributed to farmers,” Mariano said.  

The YKR came into focus when Arnel Figueroa, a leader of farmer-group PESANTE in Coron was shot dead on Tuesday by Dennis Mayo, a security guard of the BAI. Reports said Mayo and several government personnel escorted by four Marines started uprooting crops the farmers have planted. Figueroa attempted to talk to them, but Mayo shot him at pointblank range which caused his death. (DAR).

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1141474976527/dar-to-help-hasten-land-distribution-of-ykr-lands