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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 »

200 farmers undergo training under land reform program

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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 »

Group alarmed by lack of support services for land reform

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Land reform advocates expressed alarm Friday at the admission by the Department of Agrarian Reform that more than 1 million farmers under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program had no access to government support services.

Posted: February 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Aquino kin got P167M in ‘interest’

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A WORKER chops newly harvested sugarcane stalks in Barangay Mabilog, Concepcion town, Tarlac province,  in Hacienda Luisita, an estate owned by relatives of President Aquino. LYN RILLON

The payment that relatives of President Benigno Aquino received from the government for some 4,000 hectares of Hacienda Luisita, a 6,000-ha plus sugar estate that they own in Tarlac province, is based on prices in 1989, the year of reckoning that the Supreme Court set in its order to distribute the estate to beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

DAR denies overpayment for Hacienda Luisita

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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 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 »

90% of Luisita farmers ink land papers

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Around 90 percent of 6,212 farmworkers in Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac province have signed the documents required to make the titles transferring to them the bulk of the sugar estate owned by the family of President Aquino, Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes said.

Posted: August 25th, 2013 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Thousands lose out in Hacienda Luisita deal

Thousands of workers will lose out when a sugar plantation owned by President Benigno Aquino III’s family is distributed to some 6,200 farm hands next year, an official said on Friday.

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

Palace rulings reverse land reform

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WORKERS load sugarcane into a truck in Hacienda Luisita, the single biggest symbol of land reform’s failure to break down expansive plantations into productive farms owned by those who till them. E.I. REYMOND T. OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Agrarian reform is suffering setbacks in Quezon with Malacañang siding with landowners in cases involving the reclassification of lands for the purpose of exempting these from the agrarian reform program.

Posted: July 26th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

DAR chief defends raffle to parcel out Luisita farm lots

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

The drawing of lots using a “tambiolo” (lottery drum) is the fairest and most transparent system of allocating farmlands to the former workers of Hacienda Luisita, Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio De Los Reyes said on Saturday.

Posted: July 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Guerrilla leader, land reform champion gets place of honor

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DR. ROMEO Taruc, the only son of Hukbalahap supremo Luis Taruc, celebrates his father’s 100th birth anniversary in San Luis, Pampanga. E.I. REYMOND T. OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

The late Huk supremo Luis Taruc—renowned guerrilla leader, agrarian reform champion and socialist—is this farming town’s new hero.

Posted: July 14th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | 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 »

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