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June 26, 2017 535

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 350

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 1191

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 461

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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Mariano probes farmer’s shooting in Negros

TheStandardAGRARIAN 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. The order came following the shooting of 48-year-old farmer Wenceslao Pacquiao by a lone gunman in Barangay San Benito, Calatrava on Jan. 25.

Mariano directed Negros Island regional director Stephen Leonidas to look into the dispute and give justice to the victims.

“Necessary steps to hasten the resolution of agrarian disputes are in place to avoid the death of another farmer in cold blood,” he said.

Based on reports, the Department of Agrarian Reform disclosed Pacquiao, a member of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-Negros, and Paubaya were cultivating their lands when an unidentified armed man fired at them.

The land in question was originally owned by Angelina Bruce Laguda and is currently leased to several farmers by Agustilo Hullesa.

Laguda opted to sell the land through the voluntary-offer-to-sell scheme allowing DAR to process land distribution to qualified agrarian reform beneficiaries. The certificates of land ownership awards were then distributed to beneficiaries.

The farmers who were not included in the list, such as Pacquiao and Paubaya, being one of these tillers, challenged the CLOAs. The shooting happened while the issued CLOA was questioned before DAR.

Earlier, Alexander Ceballos, also a farmer from Negros, sustained a headshot that led to his death.

“We want to welcome the sunrise with lands in the hands and control of the farmers, but we certainly do not want to see the sunset with death of a fellow farmer,” Mariano stressed.

Meanwhile, DAR welcomed the Jan. 6 resolution rendered by the Eighth Division of the Court of Appeals, denying the application of the Lapanday Foods Corp. for the issuance of a temporary restraining order and/or writ of preliminary injunction on the cease-and-desist order issued by Mariano last Dec. 16.

Following the request of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association Inc. for intervention, the agrarian reform chief issued the CDO “prohibiting Lapanday, its security guards, and all persons acting for and in their behalf, from forcibly evicting the members MARBAI and from disturbing their peaceful possession and occupation of the property.”

Lapanday challenged the order through a petition for certiorari before the Court of Appeals, and questioned DAR’s jurisdiction to issue such order stating that it is not granted by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, or Republic Act No. 6657.

The resolution issued by the court deemed it appropriate to deny Lapanday’s application for TRO and/or preliminary injunction citing that “it may very well give rise to a tug-of-war scenario over the physical possession of the land allocated by the Provincial Agrarian Reform Adjudicator (Davao del Norte) to MARBAI members.”