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June 26, 2017 564

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 376

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 1227

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 482

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 backs return to peace talks with NPA

inquirerdotnet 2016MANILA — Leftist Cabinet member Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano reiterated his support for the peace talks between the Philippine government and the communist-led National Democratic Front (NDFP), as the erstwhile stalled talks was put back on track through backchannel efforts. “We laud both panels for exhibiting commitment to achieve a just and lasting peace. Likewise, we recognize the unwavering determination of peoples’ organizations, farmers in particular, for their support to the peace talks. Our farmers stand to benefit the most from the peace negotiations,” Mariano said, in a statementon Tuesday.

Mariano also expressed hopes the parties to the talks would also resume with a ceasefire agreement, lamenting that nine activist agrarian reform beneficiaries have already been killed since unilateral ceasefire declarations were recalled by the parties.

“The achievements of the six-month peace talks are solid foundations and compelling basis to further the discussions on agrarian reform, rural development and national industrialization to harmonize the drafts of the GRP and NDFP on the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER),” Mariano said.

One of the developments in the previous round of talks was the mutual recognition of “genuine agrarian reform as an important prerequisite for national and agricultural industrialization” and an understanding “to help address the root causes of the armed conflict and widespread agrarian unrest in the country,” Mariano said.

“I am hopeful that both panels would work doubly hard on achieving pro-people policy reforms that includes genuine land reform,” Mariano said.  SFM