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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 »

Landless farmers picket DAR office

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

Dozens of landless farmers picketed the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) on Thursday to call attention to the slowness and ineffectiveness of the agency in implementing land reform before the June 30 deadline.

Posted: February 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino won’t heed bishops, to keep DAR chief

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

He may be under fire from Catholic bishops, but Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes isn’t going anywhere.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

9 bishops tell Aquino to fire DAR chief

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

Five months before the June 14, 2014, deadline for the distribution of agrarian reform lands, nine Catholic bishops have appealed to President Aquino to fire Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes and fast-track the distribution of land to farmers.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

DAR launches Umiray Bridge linking farmers from Aurora, Quezon

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

More than 30,000 people living in isolated farming communities in Aurora and Quezon are expected to benefit from the newly constructed Umiray Bridge connecting the two provinces, according to agrarian reform officials.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Aquino sued for plunder by militant peasant group

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A member of a militant peasant group carries a “shoulder-load” of documents to back up a complaint of plunder against President Aquino for the alleged misuse of P125 million in the Malampaya Fund. The case was filed in the Office of the Ombudsman on Tuesday.  MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

The militant peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) filed Tuesday a complaint for plunder against President Aquino, two Cabinet officials and 10 others in connection with the alleged diversion of P125 million from the Malampaya Fund to bogus nongovernment organizations (NGOs) in 2011.

Posted: January 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DAR employees ask: Why deposit storm donations in private account?

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

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is asking its employees to help their colleagues in areas affected by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” by depositing donations to the personal bank account of Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes’ right-hand man.

Posted: November 18th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | 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 »

Raffle fairest way to distribute Hacienda Luisita–DAR

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Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes defended the “raffle draw” system as a way of distributing farm lots to beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita, saying that the use of a tambiolo (lottery drum) was the fairest and most transparent method.

Posted: July 21st, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Agrarian reform task force convenes finally

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President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

A musti-stakes horner task force formed by President Benigno Aquino III convened on Friday, nearly two months after farmers’ groups lifted their hunger strike staged to push for the sacking of Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes.

Posted: February 9th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

DAR chief finds ally in ‘running priest’

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

Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes, who is up against Catholic bishops and farmers seeking his ouster for alleged incompetence, has found an ally and defender in maverick priest Fr. Robert Reyes.

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

DAR employees file graft rap vs De los Reyes

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

The Office of the Ombudsman was asked Thursday to investigate Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes in connection with alleged anomalous information technology contracts worth P60 million.

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

DAR chief under fire: I’m no sacred cow

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Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

“I’m not sacred and I’m not a cow.” This was the reaction of Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes to Fr. Edu Gariguez, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-Nassa).

Posted: February 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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