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Luisita beneficiaries take over renters

FARMWORKERS dismayed by the supposed failure of the Department of Agrarian Reform to remove planters in Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac on Thursday resort to uprooting sugarcane in Barangay Pando, Concepcion, into the land ready for rice growing. PHOTO COURTESY OF CBCP-NASSA

More than 50 farmworker-beneficiaries of Barangay Pando in Concepcion town on Thursday trooped to the 6,600-square meter lot that the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) had titled in the name of Lourdes Galang to help its new owner uproot sugarcane.

Posted: April 25th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | 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 »

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 »

DAR denies overpayment for Hacienda Luisita

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INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Department of Agrarian Reform denied allegations that the Cojuangco side of President Benigno Aquino’s family was overpaid for Hacienda Luisita land that was parceled out to farm workers in October last year.

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Planters take over lands farmers got in Luisita

A farmers’ group has accused the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of failing to secure the lots that have been titled to more than 6,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries in Hacienda Luisita, an estate owned by the family of President Benigno Aquino.

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

DAR accused of submitting false report on Hacienda, faces contempt raps

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LUISITA farmworkers burn a replica of the Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) application to purchase and farm undertaking certificate to symbolize their defiance against the DAR’s questionable process. The  protest was held in front of the Supreme Court in Manila last August.  NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Farmers from Hacienda Luisita on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to cite in contempt the Department of Agrarian Reform for stating that it will only distribute 4,099 hectares to farmers instead of 4,335.60 hectares mentioned in the high court’s 2012 decision.

Posted: January 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Farmers seek swifter setup of Luisita landmarkers

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Farmworkers at Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac province have accused personnel of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of slowing down the setting of boundary markers (mojon) in plots titled to them, resulting in the delay of the completion of agrarian reform in the sugar estate.

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Headlines,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 »

Estrada admits endorsing P50M to LGUs

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Sen. Jinggoy Estrada.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada admitted endorsing P50 million for various local government units (LGUs) but said the fund did not come from either his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Posted: December 3rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Return pork, DAR tells fake NGOs

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The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) on Thursday said it was collaborating with government lawyers to go after questionable nongovernment organizations (NGOs) that were able to access pork barrel funds in late 2010 to 2011.

Posted: October 26th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines | Read More »

DBM bares lawmakers’ letters to bogus NGOs

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Did taxpayer money made available to legislators through the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) also land in bogus foundations put up by alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles?

Posted: October 5th, 2013 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

DAR approves 19 irrigation, road projects in land reform areas

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A bridge in Mindanao serves as a lifeline for impoverished upland farmers. ADB PHOTO

The Department of Agrarian Reform has approved P400 million in projects involving the construction of irrigation facilities and farm-to-market roads for agrarian reform communities nationwide, officials said on Friday.

Posted: September 13th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Ex-Arroyo budget chief denies issuing P200M allotment for ghost DAR projects

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Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. FILE PHOTO

Budget officials in the Arroyo administration identified P200 million in government savings and channeled the amount through the Department of Agrarian Reform for ghost projects in 40 municipalities administered by seven nongovernment organizations controlled by Janet Lim Napoles, the Inquirer has learned.

Posted: August 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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