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DAR to set installation of Luisita land reform beneficiaries next month

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Workers load newly harvested sugarcane stalks in Barangay Mabilog in Concepcion town, Tarlac province. The area is part of Hacienda Luisita. INQUIRER  FILE PHOTO

The Department of Agrarian Reform has expressed confidence it will be able to complete the installation of land reform beneficiaries of the Hacienda Luisita sugar estate by next month but warned that “outside forces” may try to disrupt the process.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

New rules set on privately used but untitled agricultural land

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DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes. Photo from www.dar.gov.ph/

Untitled agricultural lands under private use or occupation are now subject to new guidelines under an administrative order issued jointly by the Department of Agrarian Reform and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino asked to back extension of CARP coverage

Ifugao Rep. Teodoro Baguilat PHOTO FROM CONGRESS.GOV.PH

The chair of the House agrarian reform committee has gone to President Aquino for help to ensure that some 260,000 hectares of agricultural lands can still be distributed even beyond the deadline of the extended Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Half of Luisita tillers now have own farms

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More than half of 6,212 farm workers have been installed as landowners in Hacienda Luisita, a vast sugar estate in Tarlac province on which the family of President Aquino lost control after the Supreme Court favored ownership by tillers in a landmark decision in 2012.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Tenants may not be ejected from coco farms in disaster areas—DAR

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DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes. Photo from www.dar.gov.ph/

Coconut farmers unable to pay rent for their farms due to a natural calamity cannot be ejected from the land unless the ejectment is allowed by a court, the Department of Agrarian Reform said Wednesday.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

CARL extension OK, opines DOJ

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The Department of Justice (DOJ) sees no legal or constitutional impediments to moves in the House of Representatives to extend anew the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL), which is set to expire on June 30.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Farmers divided over land reform law extension

Advocates of agrarian reform are divided over whether to end this government program that has seen two extensions since it was launched in 1987.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Farmers hit land conversion as firm says it’s legal

TADEO stands beside a bulldozer flattening what he said were productive farms that should be marked for agrarian reform but are now being converted into a subdivision in Bulacan province.

Peasant leader Jaime Tadeo has resurfaced to lead the protest against the development of a subdivision project here over lands that Tadeo said farmers have staked for agrarian reform.

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Court cases delay CARP in Quezon

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Some 16,000 hectares of land almost the size of Quezon City in Metro Manila have already been marked for coverage in the Bondoc Peninsula in Quezon province under the government’s land reform program but legal and technical problems have hindered their distribution to farmers, according to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).   Samuel Solomero, [...]

Posted: February 20th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Palace sides with 255 farmers in Sariaya

In what a farmer leader described as “surprisingly welcome,” Malacañang finally sided with 255 agrarian reform beneficiaries struggling to keep 461 hectares of land already awarded to them by the government in Sariaya town, Quezon province.   Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. dismissed “for lack of merit” an appeal by a clan of rich landowners [...]

Posted: February 20th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Luisita land deal: Aquino kin underpaid, says ex-justice

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The company owned by relatives of President Aquino has complained to the Department of Agrarian Reform Adjudication Board (Darab) that it was underpaid for Hacienda Luisita lands acquired by the government for agrarian reform in Tarlac province.

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Hacienda proceeds to be examined by farmers’ chosen audit firm

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Hacienda Luisita INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Supreme Court has granted the request of farm worker beneficiaries from Hacienda Luisita to have their preferred auditing firm to examine the books of Hacienda Luisita Inc. and Centennary Holdings Inc.

Posted: February 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

House probe sought into Luisita price

The Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives is seeking a probe into the alleged excessive mark-up in the compensation handed to the relatives of President Aquino for the 4,000 hectares of Hacienda Luisita that was distributed to tenants in Tarlac.

Posted: February 10th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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