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June 26, 2017 594

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 401

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 1266

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 496

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 to defuse land row at Hacienda Luisita

manila bulletin blue logoA team of agrarian reform officials will meet with Hacienda Luisita farmer-beneficiaries next week to try to end the dispute between farmers and alleged armed men in the vast sugar estate.

Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano ordered the team to meet with the farmers on December 14-15, while the mediation process between the opposing parties will start on December 19. Mariano met with DAR Central Luzon Director Arnel Dizon and the Provincial Agrarian Reform Officers of Tarlac last December 6 at the DAR Central Office in Quezon City.

Members of the Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang-Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita has said drunken men fired gunshots and evicted the farmers in Barangay Mapalacsiao in Tarlac City.

Mariano ordered an investigation to enforce the status quo order he issued in his first day of office last July 1.

The order prohibits acts leading to the eviction of farmers occupying Luisita landholdings regardless as to whether or not they are holders of certificates of land ownership award.

The DAR has reported numerous conflicts between local farmers over land distribution.

In the dialogue between the farmers and the DAR Provincial Office in Tarlac City last November 29, the farmer called on Mariano to resolve the dispute.

“We need the cooperation and assistance of all the stakeholders and the police in implementing the DAR’s status quo order. The farmers there have continuously suffered despite the land reform programs of previous administrations. Our duty is to defend and assert their rights by keeping them on the lands they till,” Mariano said.