Category Archives: agrarian reform

255 JICA-funded projects approved in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 March)– Two hundred fifty-five projects worth P2.44 billion were approved early this month under the Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development (MinSAAD), a project of the Department of Agrarian Reform funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Alvin Obrique, MinSAAD agriculture, agribusiness and agroforestry component manager, said in an interview […]

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Farmers group pushes for confirmation of DAR chief Mariano

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 August) – Members of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association Inc. (MARBAI) in Barangay Madaum, Tagum City called on members of the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) to confirm left-leaning Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano. The CA will decide on Mariano’s fate on Wednesday, Aug. 30. In a phone interview Tuesday, MARBAI vice […]

MARBAI farmers back DAR officials in graft case filed by Lapanday

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 May) – Farmers belonging to Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association Inc. in Barangay Madaum, Tagum City have thrown their support behind two embattled officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). DAR Secretary Rafael Mariano and Undersecretary Luis Pangulayan are facing complaints for violation of Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act filed by the Lorenzo-owned Lapanday Foods […]

DAR chief to join GRP-NDF talks on socioeconomic reforms

TAGUM CITY (MindaNews/19 May) – Agrarian Reform Ssecretary Rafael Mariano will participate in the fifth round of peace talks between the government (GRP) and National Democratic Front (NDF) on May 26 to June 2, 2017 in Noorwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands. The fifth round of talks will tackle, among others, agrarian reform and rural development provisions of the Comprehensive Agreement […]

MARBAI farmers reclaim land from Lapanday in Tagum

TAGUM CITY (MindaNews/18 May) – After seven years of struggle to reclaim the 145-hectare banana plantation from the management of Lapanday Foods Corp. (LFC), a Lorenzo-owned company, members of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, Inc. (MARBAI) were installed Thursday as owners of the disputed property. In an interview, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano, who served the […]

Farmers to press claim on 145-ha land in Tagum

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 May) – Banking on President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of support, farmers belonging to the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association Inc. (MARBAI) will again attempt to reclaim possession of a disputed 145-hectare property in Tagum City from Lapanday Foods Corp. (LFC) on Thursday. In a phone interview Wednesday, MARBAI member Linda Dayahan said that Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano, along […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: with Davao farmers’ group in Mendiola 09 May 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk REMARKS OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE AS HE SPEAKS WITH FARMER GROUPS IN MENDIOLA  [Mendiola, Manila | 09 May 2017] PRESIDENT DUTERTE: I would like […]

Tagum farmers seek Duterte’s help in land row vs Lapanday

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 April) – Members of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, Inc. (MARBAI) in Brgy. Madaum, Tagum City are planning to travel to Manila this week and camp outside Malacañan Palace to urge President Rodrigo R. Duterte to intervene in their land dispute with fruit giant Lapanday Foods Corp. (LFC). MARBAI chairperson Mely Yu said in a phone […]

Agrarian reform beneficiaries to seek Duterte’s intervention as “last resort”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 April) —  After failing to serve the Department of Agrarian Reform’s “writ of installation” twice last week, farmer-members of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, Inc. will seek the intervention of President Rodrigo Duterte as last resort to reclaim the disputed 145-hectare banana plantation in Brgy. Madaum, Tagum City from […]

DAR chief’s writ favoring farmers over Lapanday ‘within just grounds’ — lawmaker

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 April) – Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano’s writ of installation allowing the displaced farmers to reclaim the contested 145-hectare banana plantation from the management of Lapanday Foods Corporation (LFC) is “within just grounds,” a party-list lawmaker maintained. Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao told MindaNews on Friday that the persistence of the 159 members of […]

Tagum AR beneficiaries to be installed with or without police assistance

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will proceed with the installation Friday of farmers belonging to the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association Inc. (MARBAI) in a contested land in Tagum City with or without police assistance, an official of a farmers group said Thursday. MARBAI is claiming a 145-hectare land in Brgy. Madaum, […]

GRP, NDF agree on free land distribution under agrarian reform in CASER talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 April) – Free land distribution will be the basic principle of agrarian reform as one of the elements of the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic reforms (CASER), the government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace panels agreed during their fourth round of talks in the Netherlands. In a […]

GRP, NDF agree on free land distribution under agrarian reform in CASER talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 April) – Free land distribution will be the basic principle of agrarian reform as one of the elements of the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic reforms (CASER), the government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace panels agreed during their fourth round of talks in the Netherlands. In a […]

NDF: NPA can be tapped to implement socioeconomic reforms

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 December) — The New People’s Army, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, should not be disarmed but should instead be strengthened to assist the government in implementing major socioeconomic reforms, an official of the National Democratic Front said on Monday. In a press conference during the CPP’s 48th anniversary […]

Farmers group in Tagum seeks help from Duterte, Mariano for recovery of land

TAGUM CITY (MindaNews/13 December) – A group of banana farmers has sought the assistance of President Duterte and Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano in their effort to reclaim a 145-hectare land in Barangay Madaum here that was awarded to them in 1996 under the agrarian reform program. Lapanday Foods Corporation (LFC) has been using the […]

7 hurt as Lapanday security men fire at protesting farmers in Tagum

TAGUM CITY (MindaNews/12 December) – Seven people were injured when around 30 security personnel of the Lapanday Foods Corporation (LFC) reportedly fired at a group of protesting farmers and militant groups near the 145-hectare Cavendish banana plantation in Barangay Madaum here. Injured were Taldan Miparanun, 16; Jose Balucos, 42; Emmanuel Buladaco, 46; Belardo Francisco, 53; Jojo […]

UP extends institutional support to GRP-NDF peace talks

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/01 Oct) — The University of the Philippines on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) committing the state university’s institutional support to the peace process. In a press release, the OPAPP said UP will lend their academic personnel and resources to help […]