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June 26, 2017 560

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 373

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 1224

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 479

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 dismisses Lapanday’s graft raps as ‘harassment’

inquirerThe Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has described as harassment the graft complaint filed by Lapanday Foods Corp. (LFC) against the agency’s top officials in relation to the DAR’s efforts to install evicted farmers in a disputed banana plantation in the San Isidro area (Sanid) in Tagum, Davao del Norte, which was otherwise managed by LFC. “The suit is a move by LFC to harass officials of the DAR who are merely implementing the agrarian reform law and ensuring that the farmer-beneficiaries are in possession of the lands that are legally theirs,” Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano said in a statement on Monday, three days after LFC filed the complaint in the Office of the Ombudsman in Quezon City.

On the same day the DAR installed in the Sanid plantation the 158 farmers of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association Inc. (Marbai), LFC filed the complaint against Mariano and his Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Luis Pañgulayan, accusing the officials of violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and of grave misconduct or grave abuse of authority for DAR orders and court interventions “favoring” Marbai in the dispute.

The Marbai farmers had been trying to regain control of the farm since 2015.

Last December, Mariano had issued a cease and desist order against Lapanday from evicting Marbai, as well as a writ of installation in April, while Pañgulayan had intervened in a case at the Davao Regional Trial Court to assert DAR’s jurisdiction over the dispute.

LFC alleges in its Ombudsman complaint that these actions emboldened Marbai members to cause “destruction” and “violence” in the plantation in the group’s attempts to reclaim it, causing at least P55 million in losses for LFC.

Being certificates of land ownership award holders as awarded by DAR in 1996, the land is actually owned and registered under Marbai’s mother cooperative, Hijo Employees Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative-1.