CARPER - updates

Rappler's latest stories on CARPER


Agrarian reform chief 'Ka Paeng': Hope for the farmers

Jul 28, 2016 - 1:08 PM

From peasant leader to agrarian reform chief Rafael Mariano is now on the other side of the fence Will he make a difference?

KA PAENG. Activist Rafael Mariano receives the Department of Agrarian Reform flag from outgoing Secretary Virgilio Reyes. Photo from DAR's Facebook Page

Young, old Sumilao farmers march for Leni Robredo

May 04, 2016 - 6:54 PM

Nanay Linda Ligmon and Bajekjek Orquillos are two of the Sumilao farmers who returned to the streets to support Leni Robredo

MANILA MARCH. The Sumilao farmers reach Metro Manila after travelling for 19 days. Photo by Raisa Serafica/

Farmers troop to Congress for CARPER extension bill

May 26, 2015 - 10:47 AM

HB Nos 4296 and 4375 remain pending in the House of Representatives

Farmers talk to Akbayan Party-list Rep. Barry Gutierrez after security personnel used pepper spray and firemen doused water at the rallying farmers calling for the complete overhaul of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Farmer or landlord?: Whose side is your bishop on?

Mar 01, 2015 - 10:29 PM

Eighty one Catholic Church leaders urge the Aquino administration to approve land reform bills How are your priests helping farmers enjoy their rights to land?

74 bishops to Aquino: Don't let land reform die

Mar 01, 2015 - 10:26 PM

Catholic leaders including 15 archbishops 59 bishops and 7 church administrators call on President Benigno Aquino III and lawmakers to approve agrarian reform bills

WAITING. The fate of large tracts of agricultural land meant for farmers remains uncertain as long as law makers do not decide on the agrarian reform deadline extension. Photo by Arcel Cometa

Agrarian reform a must for food security in PH – UN expert

Feb 27, 2015 - 4:04 PM

The legislative objective is laudable but the implementation is hindered by various roadblocks Hilal Elver UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food says

Senate passes bill to extend CARPER deadline

Sep 17, 2014 - 5:41 PM

It is now up to the House of Representatives to pass their version of the bill certified as urgent by President Benigno Aquino III

DAR's budget cut in half, but 'enough' to meet targets

Aug 07, 2014 - 7:06 PM

There are big reductions in the department s budget for land distribution support services and agrarian justice delivery

AGRARIAN REFORM. With time ticking for agrarian reform, can the DAR make do with its significantly reduced 2015 budget? Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

SONA Fact Check: Accurate land registries by 2015 ‘realistic’

Aug 01, 2014 - 8:04 PM

As of June 2014 the mapping of land ownership for tax purposes is 60 complete When finished it will also help solve agrarian reform disputes

LAND DISTRIBUTION. A Luisita farmer holds up a banner identifying the farmer-beneficiary awarded land through the government's agrarian reform program. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

DAR chief too meek to implement agrarian reform?

Jul 10, 2014 - 7:54 AM

The House agrarian reform committee chair says DAR Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes must exercise his political will and use the full force of the law for a successful land reform program

NOT REVOLUTIONARY ENOUGH? Critics say DAR Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes is not aggressive enough to ensure the successful implementation of CARPER. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

What's next after the land reform deadline?

Jul 09, 2014 - 3:10 PM

Rappler talks to Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat on what to expect after the June 30 deadline set by law to distribute lands to farmers has lapsed

IN PHOTOS: Central Luzon farmers' exodus

Jun 30, 2014 - 7:07 PM

Tatay Cardo is one of the 500 other farmers who marched from Central Luzon to Manila for this year s Lakbayan

Agrarian reform deadline: 41,500 hectares not yet covered

Jun 30, 2014 - 2:43 PM

Congress has yet to pass the law seeking to extend the deadline of land distribution yet again Civil society organizations say however that a new revolutionary DAR chief is needed

WAITING FOR AGRARIAN RFORM. Farmer activists wait for the Department of Agrarian Reform to decide on disputed land Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac. Photo by Dax Simbol

Aquino to Congress: Extend agrarian reform deadline

Jun 11, 2014 - 7:14 PM

As the June 30 deadline set by law for agrarian reform nears the President certifies as urgent a bill extending the land acquisition and distribution component of the program

SPEED IT UP. Mindanao farmers call on the Department of Agrarian Reform to speed up land distribution. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

Lack of support for farmers drives abusive 'aryendo' system

Jun 11, 2014 - 1:46 PM

In Hacienda Luisita farmers with no means to make their lands productive are forced to lease out their land to new landlords

JUST A BANNER? Luisita farmer Roger Amurao holds up a banner identifying the farmer-beneficiary awarded land through the government's agrarian reform program. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

'271,000 hectares not yet covered by agrarian reform'

Jun 04, 2014 - 5:58 PM

Task Force Mapalad asks the Department of Agrarian Reform to fast track the coverage of these lands but the agency admits it needs time beyond the June 30 deadline

FAST-TRACK. Farmers from Mindanao who marched for five days from Malaybalay City in Bukidnon to Cagayan de Oro made a noise barrage outside the Department of Agrarian Reform Central Office in Quezon Memorial Circle on June 4 demanding the fast-tracking of CARPER implementation. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

Two years on, Luisita land distribution a failure – farmers

Apr 24, 2014 - 4:46 PM

Exactly two years after the Supreme Court decision to distribute Hacienda Luisita farmers say the area covered is being reduced by the President s family with the help of the Department of Agrarian Reform

CLASH. Police and farmer-activists clash inside the Department of Agrarian Reform compound in Quezon City on April 24, the second anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision on Hacienda Luisita. All photos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DAR: Luisita farmers in their land by May

Apr 09, 2014 - 2:20 PM

The agency is confident it will finish delineating farm lots and installing farmers in their land in the vast estate

LUISITA FARMERS. Some farmer groups continue to condemn the DAR's distribution of Hacienda Luisita as a hoax. Photo by Dax Simbol/Rappler

DAR: No illegal land conversion in Hacienda Luisita

Mar 27, 2014 - 5:48 PM

Tadeco s earth balling and fencing off of land is not illegal land conversion says DAR chief Virgilio De Los Reyes

FENCED OFF. A fence of barbed wires is put up by the Tarlac Developent Corporation in contested land in Hacienda Luisita. Photo by Dax Simbol

DAR: CARPER extension not needed

Mar 06, 2014 - 4:37 PM

But the department wants Congress to pass a law allowing DAR to issue Notices of Coverage after June 30

LAND REFORM DEADLINE. As the CARPER nears its June 30, 2014 deadline, some farmers claim the DAR's land distribution still favors landlords. Photo by Arcel Cometa

Land reform advocates to DAR: Stick to 2014 deadline

Feb 28, 2014 - 8:39 PM

Four months to go before the end of CARPER around 800 000 hectares of land are yet to be awarded to farmer beneficiaries

A MATTER OF WILL. Land reform advocates say the DAR should be able to meet the CARPER deadline if they had enough political will. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Mendiola Massacre: 27 years after, the same injustices

Jan 22, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Almost 3 decades after the massacre farmers and workers return to the streets to demand elusive justice

MARCHING ON. Farmers and fishermen walk to the Agrarian Reform and Environment departments in Quezon City to protest landgrabbing in different parts of Luzon a day before the 27th anniversary of the Mendiola Massacre where farmers also demanded genuine land reform from the Corazon Aquino administration. Photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Farmers: DAR keeping prime Hacienda Luisita lots

Oct 15, 2013 - 9:15 PM

DAR says the 200 300 hectares that farmers want distributed are classified as residential in a court ruling but the agency is checking if these are agricultural

NOT SATISFIED. Protesters at an August 27 rally claim the DAR's implementation of land reform in Hacienda Luisita does not live up to the landmark April 24, 2013 Supreme Court ruling. Photo by Arcel Cometa

Hacienda Luisita farmers to receive land titles in days

Sep 28, 2013 - 11:17 AM

Around 5 800 qualified farmer beneficiaries will be given land titles starting September 30 until mid October

A HOAX. Despite the jumpstarting of the Hacienda Luiisita land distribution by the Department of Agrarian Reform, farmers protested in front of the Supreme Court on August 27, calling the process a hoax. Photos by Arcel Cometa

Drilon doubts DAR will meet land distribution targets

Sep 04, 2013 - 9:20 PM

There have been overlaps and other inconsistencies in the records of agencies involved in implementing agrarian reform admits the DAR secretary

DRILON DRILLS. Senator Franklin Drilon asks Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes how the department will finish 2013 land distribution targets given the backlog and myriad of problems confronting CARP implementing agencies. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Will Hacienda Luisita farmers finally get their land?

Jun 11, 2013 - 9:51 PM

25 years since the agrarian reform law was passed farmers call the landmark legislation a failure in addressing inequality in land ownership

CARPER at 25: Beyond land distribution

Jun 10, 2013 - 1:54 PM

Oxfam looks at the progress made since the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law was passed 25 years ago

The DAR Secretary and agrarian reform

Feb 14, 2013 - 2:59 PM

The prudent course of action is to express sentiments with sobriety and reason by first making sure that data and information relied upon are accurate before arriving at conclusions

Rappler and the Star Magic Ball

Sep 13, 2012 - 10:05 AM

A RAPPLER contributor tells what it s like to cover a hardcore entertainment event for the first time: stellar musical performances hilarious hosting and former rivals patching up Read her account

BEAUTIFUL MAJA SALVADOR RECEIVES her Star of the Night Award. All photos by

A plea to President Noy before his SONA

Jul 20, 2012 - 4:23 PM

I am not asking for the absolute eradication of our country’s problems Mr President My plea is rather simple: I plead that you remember who you are and why you are here

Report card on PNoy: Passing but needs work

Jul 02, 2012 - 11:17 AM

President Aquino scores high marks for fighting corruption but is warned against a simplistic approach to inclusive growth

PNoy promises to complete land distribution by 2014

Jun 14, 2012 - 9:38 PM

Various farmers groups and advocates who earlier placed their hopes in CARPER are still doubtful about its full implementation