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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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Agrarian Reform Secretary Mariano to supervise reinstallation of farmers in Tagum City

davaotodayTAGUM CITY, Philippines – No less than the Agrarian Reform Secretary, Rafael Mariano will attend the symbolic reinstallation of farmers in the contested San Isidro area inside the Hijo Plantation in Barangay Madaum here Tuesday morning. Tommy Bernaldes, Department of Agrarian Reform Quick Response Officer told Davao Today in an interview that Mariano is set to arrive tomorrow in Davao City around 8 am.

On April 11, Mariano issued the Writ of Installation to “install the farmer beneficiaries/member of MARBAI in the San Isidro farm area known as Sanid employing reasonable force and means as may be neccessary to effectively perform such installation.”

Bernaldes said the installation will be attended by representatives of the regional and provincial DAR, a representative of the city government, and two representatives from the Commission on Human Rights.

He added that the Davao del Norte Provincial Police Office was deputized to oversee the orderly installation.

A copy of the Writ was also provided to the Lapanday Foods Corporation.

“That’s part of the procedure,” Bernaldes said adding that all parties were notified of the scheduled proceedings.

However, Bernaldes admitted that the land dispute among the farmer members of Marbai and Lapanday is a complicated issue.

“It’s very complicated. Marbai entered into a compromised agreement with Hearbco-1 in the Sanid area, but the Hearbco-1 entered also in a compromised agreement with Lapanday,” he said.

The agreement between Marbai and Hearbco-1 was approved by the DAR Adjudication Boart, DAR’s agrarian court, while the compromised agreement between Hearbco-1 and Lapanday was approved by the Regional Trial Court Branch 14.

“There are actually two compromise agreements approved by different courts,” Bernaldes said.

Asked which court has the overall jurisdiction to rule the case, Bernaldes said “it’s up to the higher court to decide.”

But Bernaldes stressed that once a Certificate of Land Ownership is awarded to a farmer-beneficiary “it should carry with it the possession of the land holding.”

“That is every farmer beneficiary’s right to be installed,” he said.

On December 14, last year, DAR issued a cease and desist order prohibiting Lapanday “and all its officers, employees, and persons acting for and in its behalf,” from forcibly evicting Marbai members who were then occupying the area.

But the farmers were forcibly evicted by alleged security guards of Lapanday on December 31.

Mariano said instead of filing a comment on the CDO, Lapanday filed a Petition for Certiorari with Application for a Temporary Restraining Order and/or Writ of Preliminary Injunction “seeking to restrain and nullify the CDO on the ground of grave abuse of discretion and lack of jurisdiction.”

However, the CA denied Lapanday’s petition on January 6, 2017. (