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Hacienda Luisita done distributing sale shares to farmers – SC

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:02 PM

Hacienda Luisita has fully complied with the 2011 order of the Supreme Court

LUISITA. Hacienda Luisita farmers in a dialogue with Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Ka Paeng Mariano, at the DAR Central Office in Quezon City on July 8, 2016. Photo from Lusita Watch Facebook

Farmers still hungry after 30 years of agrarian reform

Jun 28, 2018 - 9:44 PM

Farmers appeal to Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones to help them move out from unfair deals with tycoons

Boracay to become coconut producer under agrarian reform

Jun 04, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The Department of Agrarian Reform has already identified some 80 indigenous people who are qualified to be land reform beneficiaries

CA confirms John Castriciones as agrarian reform secretary

May 30, 2018 - 12:02 PM

(UPDATED) Despite getting flak for supposed anti-farmer policies, Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones earns the nod of the Commission on Appointments

CONFIRMED. John Castriciones finally secures his post as Agrarian Reform Secretary. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Villar confronts oppositor questioning Vista Land's Boracay permit in CA hearing

May 29, 2018 - 2:20 PM

'Bakit ba binabanggit mo puro Vista Land? Galit ka ba sa akin? Is this a political issue or a legitimate issue?' asks Senator Cynthia Villar, whose family owns Vista Land

Photo by Angie de Silva

Anti-corruption commission probes 5 Cabinet officials

May 08, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission says it has submitted a 'confidential, partial report' to President Rodrigo Duterte

No sacred cows. PACC and DAR declares war against graft and corruption. Photo by Ralf Rivas/Rappler
Anti-corruption commission probes 5 cabinet officials

Barangay and SK elections, land distribution, Cavs vs. Raptors | Midday wRap

May 04, 2018 - 12:02 PM

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DAR mulls distribution of idle government lands to farmers

May 04, 2018 - 8:54 AM

The Department of Agrarian Reform is eyeing two controversial areas and a Bureau of Corrections facility for agrarian reform

400 hectares in Boracay up for agrarian reform 'if Duterte says so'

Apr 30, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The Department of Agrarian Reform says structures constructed on these 400 hectares of agricultural land are considered illegal

TOURIST SPOT. Hundreds of hectares in Boracay Island may be subject to the government's agrarian reform program. Photo by Adrian Portugal

CA bypasses agrarian reform chief over lack of track record

Mar 21, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Some members of the Commission on Appointments want more documents to prove that Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones is really capable of leading the agency

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

CA defers DAR chief's confirmation over lack of track record

Mar 14, 2018 - 4:43 PM

Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones counters that he's qualified for the post since he handled agrarian reform cases as a general practitioner

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

[OPINION] Is agrarian reform a dying issue?

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:32 PM

As of June 2016, almost 600,000 hectares of agricultural land remain undistributed. Landowners stall the land acquisition and distribution process through various methods.

AGRARIAN REFORM. As of June 2016, almost 600 000 hectares of agricultural land remain undistributed. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

New DAR chief Castriciones vows to prioritize farmer beneficiaries

Dec 08, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Agrarian Reform Acting Secretary John Castriciones also wants to fast-track the distribution of certificates of land ownership awards to agrarian reform beneficiaries

NEW CHIEF. Department of Agrarian Reform Acting Secretary John Castriciones assumes office. Photo from DAR website

DILG undersecretary Padilla transferred to DAR

Dec 08, 2017 - 2:51 PM

(UPDATED) Emily Padilla joins her former colleague at the Department of the Interior and Local Government, John Castriciones, at the Department of Agrarian Reform

Duterte appoints John Castriciones acting DAR secretary

Dec 01, 2017 - 9:27 PM

The new acting agrarian reform secretary was the executive vice president of the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte (MRRD) group during the 2016 presidential campaign

NEW JOB. John Castriciones, a DILG underseretary,  takes over the post of Rafael "Ka Paeng" Mariano who was rejected by the Commission on Appointments in September. Photo from Castriciones' Facebook account

Mariano urges Duterte not to appoint ex-military officer to DAR

Oct 10, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Former agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano is concerned that a former military man would likely reverse 'important' orders he issued at the DAR

ONE MONTH AFTER. Former agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano speaks during a media forum held by farmer leaders to commemorate Peasant Month. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

2 ex-DAR secretaries liable for misuse of P70 million – COA

Oct 08, 2017 - 6:55 PM

P70.3 million from the Agrarian Reform Fund was used to pay for medical benefits of DAR personnel, which are not allowable expenses under agrarian reform laws

FUNDS MISUSE. The Commission on Audit holds liable two former Department of Agriculture secretaries for unlawful disbursement of state funds.

COA seeks Ombudsman probe into misuse of DAR funds

Oct 01, 2017 - 10:30 PM

The case involves the Agrarian Reform Fund (ARF) which was used for P61.5 million worth of incentives and other cash benefits from 2007 to 2009

NOTICE OF DISALLOWANCE. The Commission on Audit (COA) affirms the notice of disallowance it issued against the use of the agrarian reform fund to pay cash incentives to DAR officials from 2007-2009.

The week in photos: September 2-8, 2017

Sep 09, 2017 - 12:36 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BORDER ART. An artwork by French artist JR on the US-Mexico border in Tecate, California, United States on September 6, 2017. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Reynaldo de Guzman, Mariano, Robredo | Evening wRap

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:49 PM

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Farmers' groups condemn CA rejection of Mariano

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Mariano s rejection is another proof of President Rodrigo Duterte s fealty to landlords and oligarchs says the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas a group formerly chaired by Mariano

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mariano after CA rejection: Interest of landlords, oligarchs prevailed

Sep 06, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Former agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano says he himself will announce who among the members of the Commission on Appointment voted for his confirmation

'TULOY ANG LABAN.' Former agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano raises a fist after his confirmation hearing at the Commission on Appointments on Wednesday, September 6. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang regrets CA rejection of Mariano

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:20 PM

UPDATED The Palace says Mariano was pivotal to fulfilling President Rodrigo Duterte s promises to uphold farmers rights

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with the members of his cabinet who were nominated by the Communist Party of the Philippines including Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano and National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Liza Maza at Malacañan Palace on February 20, 2017. Also in the meeting were Labor Secretary and Chief Negotiator with the National Democratic Front Silvestre Bello III and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

CA rejects Rafael Mariano as agrarian reform secretary

Sep 06, 2017 - 2:37 PM

A nominee of the Left Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano is the 4th member of the Duterte Cabinet to be rejected by the powerful Commission on Appointments

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After 2 hearings, Mariano not worried about fate at CA

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Wala po talaga akong nararamdamang kaba o pag aalala says Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano after facing the Commission on Appointments for the second time

AGRARIAN REFORM. In this file photo, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano attends the first hearing of the Commission on Appointments on his ad interim appointment. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Aguirre, Marcos’ ill-gotten wealth, Duterte | Evening wRap

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:10 PM

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Amid ties with Left, Mariano says he was never part of communist groups

Aug 30, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Mula noon hanggang ngayon ay nasa legal democratic organization po ako says Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano who was nominated to the Cabinet by the National Democratic Front

LEFT TIES. Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano says he was never a part of the CPP-NPA-NDF. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

CA defers confirmation of DAR chief Rafael Mariano

Aug 30, 2017 - 1:45 PM

There are 10 oppositors to Mariano s confirmation as agrarian reform secretary

DEFERRED. Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano attends the Commission on Appointments hearing on his ad interim appointment at the Senate on Wednesday, August 30. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Funds from DICT, DAR, DOTr eyed for use in free tuition law

Aug 10, 2017 - 8:50 PM

The 3 agencies could get budget cuts in 2018 because of their spending pattern – billions of pesos in unused and unobligated funds – from previous years

FUNDING FREE TUITION. Davao City Representative Karlo Nograles heads efforts to source funds for the free tuition law. Rappler file photo

Anti-poverty agencies launch info caravan for poor communities

Jul 16, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Agencies under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster of the Cabinet will conduct 4 information and assistance forum that will focus on key areas of human development

ANTI-POVERTY. Agencies under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction cluster of the Cabinet conducts an information and assistance drive in Tondo, Manila, July 16 2017. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

What Duterte development plan ignores: Local industry, accessible social services

Jun 11, 2017 - 4:31 PM

Under the Philippine Development Plan 2017 2022 PH s agriculture and mining industry cater to foreign economies while its people look for jobs abroad according to IBON Foundation

Duterte's development plan: Recycled, failed economic policies

Jun 10, 2017 - 12:27 PM

The Philippine Development Plan 2017 2022 has a simplistic and outdated explanation of the problem with the economy according to IBON Foundation

Talks with Reds tackle land confiscation

May 23, 2017 - 8:40 AM

UPDATED Both camps commit to resolve contentious issues to complete talks on the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio economic Reforms or CASER

OFF TO NETHERLANDS. The 5th round of talks between the government and the National Democratic Front will begin on Saturday, May 27. Rappler photo

Duterte, Mariano, Trump | Evening wRap

May 19, 2017 - 7:51 PM

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Graft charges filed vs DAR chief, exec over Lapanday occupation

May 19, 2017 - 3:22 PM

Lawyer Noel Oliver Punzalan accuses DAR chief Rafael Mariano and Undersecretary Luis Pañgulayan of abuse of authority when they favored Marbai farmers in the occupation of the Davao del Norte farm of Lapanday Foods Corporation

WELCOME. New Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano opens the gates to farmer-activists. Photo from DAR's Facebook page

Farmers finally occupy parts of Lapanday-managed farm

May 18, 2017 - 8:15 PM

UPDATED Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano asks police and military to provide round the clock security for the 159 farmers lin Tagum City for two days

LAND, FINALLY. Agrarian reform authorities, on 3rd attempt, are able to place 159 farmers in the 0.79-hectare property within the Lapanday-managed farm in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, on May 18, 2017. Photo courtesy of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas

As ordered by Duterte, DAR to install farmers on Lapanday farm

May 18, 2017 - 8:00 AM

This is the 3rd time DAR will attempt to install the farmers on the Lapanday managed farm in Tagum Davao del Norte

DIALOGUE WITH FARMERS. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to farmers belonging to the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association Incorporated (Marbai) of San Isidro Farm who has picketed near Malacañang. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Going bananas

May 17, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Re examining the alternative venture agreements in commercial farms and plantations of Mindanao

TO GO WITH Inflation-poverty-food-Philippines-agriculture-reform,FEATURE by Cecil Morella A crop duster plane sprays fungicide to protect the 7,000 hectare banana plantation of Tagum Agricultural Development Co. from destructive leaf virus in Tagum in Davao del Norte province, located in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on April 22, 2008. The vast plantation built in the late 60's by banana tycoon Antonio Floirendo, supplies bananas to a growing global market on a surge in demand for fresh fruit in the Middle East, Russia, China, Japan, and South Korea. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD / AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD

Duterte invites Tagum farmers to Manila Hotel dinner

May 10, 2017 - 12:48 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte asks the farmers from Davao del Norte to give him more time to resolve their land issue with Lapanday Foods Corporation

LOOK: Duterte meets picketing Davao del Norte farmers

May 09, 2017 - 8:18 PM

The farmers from Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association Incorporated are agrarian reform beneficiaries who were forcibly evicted from a 145 hectare banana plantation in Tagum City

DIALOGUE. President Rodrigo Duterte goes to the picket line at the foot of Mendiola Bridge near Malacañang to talk to the farmers from Tagum City, Davao del Norte. All photos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lawmakers want BuCor-Tadeco deal probed over land distribution

May 07, 2017 - 7:40 AM

The Makabayan bloc says hectares of land at the Davao Prison and Penal Farm were no longer distributed to farmer beneficiaries after the BuCor Tadeco deal was sealed

ANOTHER HOUSE PROBE. Makabayan bloc lawmakers Sarah Elago, Arlene Brosas, France Castro, and Ariel Casilao filed House Resolution Number 953 against the BuCor-Tadeco deal. Photo courtesy of Anakpawis

DAR order to install Davao del Norte farmers void – Lapanday Foods

Apr 18, 2017 - 10:38 PM

Lapanday says it has a valid contract with a cooperative whose members were awarded the lands A breakaway group wants to claim their share of the property

Amid Lapanday 'defiance,' DAR insists farmers must get share

Apr 17, 2017 - 3:50 PM

UPDATED Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano says his department will ensure farmer beneficiaries can peacefully take over the lands awarded to them at San Isidro Farm

INSTALLATION. Agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano has directed the DAR regional office in Davao to 'peacefully install' agrarian reform beneficiaries in San Isidro farm in Davao del Norte. Malacañang file photo

A year after Kidapawan clash, groups condemn killings of farmers

Apr 01, 2017 - 9:05 AM

Since June last year 16 farmers Lumad and land rights defenders have already been killed says Pedro Arnado chair of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas Southern Mindanao Region

STOP. Groups protest against the killings of farmers under the Duterte administration. All photos c/o Kilab Multimedia

North Cotabato farmers decry killings, harassment over land dispute

Mar 29, 2017 - 11:37 AM

The murder of farmers group leader Wilerme Dorado Agorde in front of his grandchildren in February further fuels suspicion that farmers locked in a land dispute with a state university are being silenced

FALLEN. A photo of Wilerme Dorado Agorde is placed on his front door during his wake. Photo by Edwin Gariguez

Completing land reform in PH to cost P98B

Mar 23, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Land reform is at the heart of the peace talks between the Philippine government and rebels responsible for Asia s longest running communist insurgency

CONSULTATION. Government negotiator Hernani Braganza leads consultation with government agencies on proposed reforms pushed in the peace table

DOLE issues cease and desist order vs 'sacada' recruiter

Mar 21, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Some 800 migrant sugar workers from Mindanao were illegally recruited to work in Tarlac by Greenhand Labor Service Cooperative

ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT? The Department of Labor and Employment has issued a cease and desist order against a labor recruiter accused of illegally trafficking sugar workers.

DAR chief: 727-hectare Hacienda Luisita property covered by CARP

Feb 25, 2017 - 4:29 PM

The order in Hacienda Luisita would give justice to farmer tenants who have struggled to take the land due to them for more than a quarter of a century says Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano

Farmer killed by gunmen in Capiz land dispute picket

Feb 13, 2017 - 10:01 PM

Five others are injured after violence erupted at the Nemesio Tan estate in Pilar Capiz

Leftist Cabinet members: Continue peace talks for benefit of the poor

Feb 07, 2017 - 6:15 PM

It is the welfare of the Filipinos in their millions that is at the core of the peace negotiations reads a joint statement from Rafael Mariano Judy Taguiwalo and Liza Maza