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June 26, 2017 121

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 70

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 188

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..
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May 30, 2017 116

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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“Let us uphold farmers’ rights and welfare”—Sec. Ka Paeng

piaBANILAD, 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.

Mariano is here for the conference entitled “Harmonization and Unification for a Common Strategic Direction,” which endeavors to respond to changes in the DAR’s direction in the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and the introduction of the genuine agrarian reform program (GAR) that he is pushing for implementation.  

Mariano said foremost in his policy directive for the department is to protect farmers’ rights and their welfare. “I believe that if this directive is promoted and strictly enforced, other thrusts of the departments such as farmers’ security of tenure, provision of support services, and others, the rest would follow suit.”  

Together with the new officials, Mariano explained to the bureaucracy his thrusts and policy directives for the department. He also presented the current agrarian situation to the department officials. He said the country, after so many years, is still practicing a semi-feudal agriculture.  

“Under my watch, the department would do its best to fulfill its mandate of providing land to the landless tillers,” said Mariano.  

Mariano added that land-grabbing, violation of farmers’ rights, rural poverty, illegal land-use conversion, and agri-trade liberalization are just some of the challenges the department needs to address to uplift the farmers’ economic lives.  

“This conference’ objective is to come up with strategic plans to address these challenges. We will formulate a solid groundwork which will be cascaded to all regional and provincial officials for implementation,” Mariano explained.  

The planning conference is being held at the Montebello Villa Hotel on Jan. 9-13, 2017.  (DAR)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1141484036952/-let-us-uphold-farmers-rights-and-welfare-sec-ka-paeng