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May 29, 2017 3

DAR to install farmers in disputed Davao plantation May 18

MANILA — For the third time this year, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will attempt to install farmer-beneficiaries evicted from a disputed portion of a banana plantation in Tagum, Davao del Norte — this time, with a go-signal from the President and… Read More..
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May 16, 2017 54

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 100

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 73

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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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