Secretary in the News

February 09, 2017 47

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..
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..
Jan 17, 2017 91

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..
Jan 12, 2017 78

“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 junks ‘lotto system’

TheStandardAGRARIAN 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.
 Mariano said he and the other agrarian reform officials will troop to Hacienda Luisita “in a move to
invalidate the tambiolo scheme disqualifying 111 Hacienda Luisista farm worker-beneficiaries from the government’s agrarian reform

“We begin genuine agrarian reform at the belly of the beast —in Hacienda Luisita, where farmer-tenants have struggled to take the land due to them for more than a quarter of a century, ever since agrarian reform was introduced in the country,” he said.

The left-leaning Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, of which Mariano was the former chairman, slammed the Department of Agrarian Reform’s “tambiolo land reform” in the Cojuangco-Aquino owned sugar
estate, saying the scheme was a fraud.

KMP chairperson Joseph Canlas earlier said Aquino controlled then Agrarian Reform secretary Virgilio de los Reyes to use “deception, coercion and intimidation” of land distribution.