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June 26, 2017 591

DAR officials, employees reach 'agreement' on 4-year row

MANILA -- Agrarian reform officials and employees have reached an agreement that would end their four-year row over the plight of 10,000 department employees nationwide who were displaced under the government’s rationalization scheme. Read More..
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Jun 12, 2017 399

Food firm’s complaint vs DAR officials junked

The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed a graft complaint filed by the Lapanday Foods Corporation (LFC) against Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano and Undersecretary Luis Pañgulayan. Read More..
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May 30, 2017 1263

DAR amends rules on adjudication of agrarian law…

TO ensure a just, inexpensive and expeditious determination of agrarian cases, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has amended its rules on adjudication of cases involving agrarian law implementation (ALI). Read More..
May 30, 2017 493

Luisita farmers to stay as lot owners

AGRARIAN Secretary Rafael Mariano said on Friday that farmer-beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita Inc. will stay as owners of lots under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. Read More..

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DAR chief opposes Marcos burial but will not quit Cabinet post

inquirerMANILA — Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano opposes the sudden hero’s burial of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos but has made it clear he will not resign from his post in the President’s Cabinet as the head of the Department of Agrarian Reform.

“Before we entered the government, we were already aware of the differences we have with President Rodrigo Duterte on some issues. Despite our opposing stance on the Marcos burial, we continue to engage him on this matter,” Mariano said, in a statementon Monday, three days after Marcos was buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Mariano, founding member of militant farmers’ group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), said President Duterte must attend to other “equally important issues.”

“We accepted the post in the Duterte government because we aim to find common grounds on pursuing talks for just and lasting peace including the release of political prisoners, completion of the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER), prioritization of social services, and the forging of an independent foreign policy,” Mariano said.

Mariano noted that Duterte has convened the long-defunct Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC), resulting in decisions or considerations on “landmark cases” such as the revocation of two Stock Distribution Option contracts, one Agribusiness Venture Agreement contract, a two-year moratorium on Land-Use Conversion of agricultural lands, condonation of arrears on interests of unpaid land amortizations of agrarian reform beneficiaries, free irrigation, return of the Coco Levy Funds to farmers, and the end of labor contractualization.  SFM/rga