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Farmers abandoning Bondoc Peninsula, says group

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Farmers who have given up hope on agrarian reform and face persistent threats for fighting for land are abandoning farms in one of the country’s agrarian reform hot spots, Bondoc Peninsula, according to a a group of farmers demanding genuine agrarian reform.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

200 farmers undergo training under land reform program

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INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

More than 200 farmers from Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya have graduated from the “Farm Business School” of the Department of Agrarian Reform, a DAR official said Tuesday.

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Farmers rally for repeal of local anti-CARP law

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AGRARIAN reform beneficiaries are blocked by a phalanx of policemen from getting nearer the Sariaya municipal hall to demand a repeal of a zoning law that is reversing the gains of CARP by a council that has no quorum. 
DELFIN T. MALLARI JR./INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

SARIAYA, Quezon—At least 100 agrarian reform beneficiaries held a rally in front of the town hall on Tuesday pleading for support from a council that had no quorum for the repeal of a zoning law that landowners are now using to reverse the gains of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in the town.   [...]

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Christmas bleak anew for Luisita farmers

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PROTEST CAMP Even elderly people joined a protest camp in Barangay Balete in Hacienda Luisita to secure farm lots, which their former landlords are claiming as theirs. They planned to spend Christmas there until policemen broke up their camp. BONG CLEMENTE/CONTRIBUTOR

Unlike the well-adorned homes and streets in Tarlac City, there is hardly any Christmas decor at Barangay Balete in Hacienda Luisita, the controversial sugar plantation owned by President Benigno Aquino III’s family.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Peasant group slams arrest of 8 farmers in Hacienda Luisita

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Tension grips Hacienda Luisita over arrest of farmers.  PHOTO COURTESY OF UMA

A peasant group denounced on Sunday, the arrest of eight farmers and the bulldozing of their farm lots at Hacienda Luisita allegedly under orders by a company owned by President Aquino’s family in spite of their claims the land was covered under the agrarian reform program.

Posted: December 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Over 26,000 farmers in Central Luzon given land titles – DENR

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INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

More than 26,000 landless farmers in Central Luzon have received land titles under the land distribution program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), officials said Tuesday.

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

With lesser number of lands to distribute, DAR to decrease personnel soon

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Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio “Gil” delos Reyes. PHOTO FROM GOV.PH

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will gradually decrease its personnel in the coming months.

Posted: August 8th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Charter change ‘like burning down the house’

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If the intial attempt was like playing with fire, the latest proposal put forward to amend the Constitution is “like burning down the house,” anti-Charter change (Cha-cha) lawmakers warned on Friday.

Posted: July 13th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

4 haciendas distributed; 270 sugar farmers cheer

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Land in four big haciendas in Negros Occidental province covering almost 500 hectares has been distributed to 270 sugar farmers under the country’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said on Friday.

Posted: June 29th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Negros farmers remind Aquino on promise to distribute land

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President Aquino. FILE PHOTO

Farmers on Tuesday slammed President Aquino over his alleged failure to fulfill his promise of distributing lands to them with only a year left before the expiration of the agrarian reform program.

Posted: June 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DAR to provide lawyers for CARP beneficiaries

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

Farmers covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and their organizations need not hire private lawyers for legal services in relation to their farm enterprises, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said.

Posted: April 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Landowners building fences to keep CARP recipients out–NGO

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Big landowners on the Bondoc Peninsula in Quezon province are fencing their properties to stop agrarian reform beneficiaries from taking possession of the land that had been awarded to them, a leader of a nongovernment organization in Lucena City said Friday.

Posted: February 23rd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

DAR chief to fretting bishops: Hello? June 30, 2014 not end of world

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cartoon, february 3, 2013

Another doomsday prophecy? Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes on Friday said Catholic bishops appear to have their own prediction of doomsday—this time on June 30, 2014—the same day the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) expires.

Posted: February 3rd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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