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Landbank turns over 354,783 hectares of land to DAR

Jul 25, 2019 - 7:50 PM

(UPDATED) The Land Bank of the Philippines, which President Rodrigo Duterte criticized in his 4th State of the Nation Address, says this turnover happened in May 2019

DAR to further streamline process in land conversion

Feb 13, 2019 - 7:06 PM

The Department of Agrarian Reform has formed a task force to further expedite the process of converting agricultural lands for residential, commercial, and industrial use

LAND CONVERSION. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones at the ceremonial distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Awards to the agrarian reform beneficiaries of Maguindanao on February 11, 2019. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Duterte orders DAR to fast-track land reform in Masbate

Jan 10, 2019 - 1:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte orders Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones: 'Tingnan niya ang Masbate, i-land reform niya lahat'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes the Palace Guard upon his arrival at the Malacañan Palace for the courtesy call of Japan House of Councillors President Chuichi Date on January 8, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

South Africa to seek constitutional change for land reform

Aug 01, 2018 - 9:51 AM

'It has become patently clear that our people want the constitution to be more explicit about expropriation of land without compensation,' says South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE. In this file photo, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a media conference at the end of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2018. File photo by Themba Hadebe/AFP

CPP says it was ready to issue stand-down order to NPA

Jun 15, 2018 - 6:18 PM

NDF chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison describes as 'unacceptable' the unilateral cancellation of a stand down agreement signed by both sides on June 9. It was supposed to take effect on June 21.

Boracay natives can sell land to big firms, if they want – Duterte

Jun 13, 2018 - 11:07 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte has previously said he would put Boracay under the land reform program because he wants to limit commercial establishments that cause environmental problems

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-elected Punong Barangays of Central Luzon at the ASEAN Convention Center in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga on June 12, 2018, urges the village chiefs to follow his pursuit of protecting the people and preserving the nation. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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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

TRANSCRIPT: Duterte admits he has no master plan for Boracay

Apr 10, 2018 - 6:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says, 'But master plan, wala akong master plan diyan, linisin ko muna iyan kasi agricultural 'yan'

NO MASTER PLAN. President Rodrigo Duterte admits in an interview with reporters on April 9, 2018, that he has no master plan for the world-famous island of Boracay during its 6-month closure. Malacañang photo

Duterte denies knowing about planned Boracay casino

Apr 09, 2018 - 4:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says he will 'give' Boracay land to farmers instead

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go and Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero upon his arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on April 9, 2018. The President delivered a speech before departing for Hainan, Province, China to attend the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 slated until April 11, 2018.

2017 World Food Day focuses on nutrition as part of human rights

Oct 16, 2017 - 4:10 PM

The Council for Health and Development calls for genuine land reform, saying it is 'the most effective and efficient solution to the current food crisis in the Philippines'

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

Farmers break Hacienda Luisita walls

Apr 24, 2017 - 6:41 PM

Protesters claim that the land allegedly belonging to RCBC should have been distributed to them 5 years ago following a Supreme Court ruling

BREAKING DOWN THE WALL. Militant farmers and supporters destroy a portion of the wall allegedly belonging to RCBC in Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac on April 24, 2017. Photo by Dax Simbol/Rappler

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

DAR orders distribution of 358 hectares of Hacienda Luisita

Aug 25, 2016 - 5:49 PM

Secretary Rafael Mariano orders DAR Central Luzon to get the assistance of appropriate law enforcement officials to ensure that the Cojuangco owned Tadeco complies

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

A Filipino farmer’s plea: ‘Support us, love us’

Jun 27, 2016 - 12:56 PM

In a forum hosted by the Asian Development Bank farmers talk about the problems they face and the possible solutions that government and public sector can do

Sumilao farmers march for Leni Robredo, hungry Kidapawan farmers

Apr 23, 2016 - 12:55 AM

On April 22 the farmers from Bukidnon reach Cebu their 8th stop on the journey to Manila

Sumilao farmers march again, this time for Leni Robredo

Apr 13, 2016 - 2:03 PM

Vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo championed the farmers controversial fight to reclaim their land in 2007

WITH THE FARMERS. Leni Robredo with her husband in November 2007, supporting the Sumilao Farmers on their march to Manila. Photo from the Leni Robredo for Vice President 2016 Facebook page

Duterte to push for land reform, free irrigation for farmers

Feb 03, 2016 - 10:50 PM

The presidential bet says land distribution under the Aquino government is a farce because support services are not being given to farmers

SPEAKING TO FARMERS. Presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte attends the Peasants Electoral Agenda forum at University of the Philippines in Diliman on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Photo by Jansen Romero

Neri Colmenares: Genuine agrarian reform a ‘development tool’

Jan 23, 2016 - 1:50 PM

Senatorial candidate and Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares says government must subsidize agrarian reform for farmers

PRO-LABOR CHAMPION. Senatorial bet Neri Colmenares talks about his platform at Rappler's #TheLeaderIWant Forum in De La Salle University on January 20. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Hacienda Luisita: The struggle continues

Nov 22, 2015 - 11:07 PM

For many Hacienda Luisita residents decades of protest have not given them the justice they seek They continue despite the obstacles in their path in the hopes of getting what belongs to them

#StoryoftheNation: State of Hacienda Luisita

Jul 27, 2015 - 3:56 PM

Hacienda Luisita – owned by President Aquino s family – is the most famous case study of the alleged failure of the Philippines land reform program

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

Farmers protest delay in land distribution under Aquino

Jul 27, 2015 - 10:16 AM

Among the farmers present early Monday are those tilling land within Hacienda Luisita the most famous case study of the country s land reform law

The landless and the landlords of Bondoc Peninsula

Jun 11, 2015 - 12:09 PM

Though the law and government agencies are on their side the farmers remain displaced while the Matias family illegally holds sway over the land

SYMBOL OF RESISTANCE. This gate, installed by the Matias family in San Francisco town, Quezon, represents the power of landlords in resisting land reform, says NAPC Secretary Joel Rocamora. All photos courtesy of Kilusang Mambubukid ng Bondoc Peninsula

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

28 years on: Still no justice for Mendiola Massacre victims

Jan 22, 2015 - 5:24 PM

Members of peasant groups still cry for justice 28 years after the Mendiola Massacre

28 YEARS LATER. Rallyists gather at Mendiola Peace in Manila arc on Thursday (January 22, 2015) to commemorate the 28th anniversary of the Mendiola Massacre on January 22, 1987. 13 people were killed in the said clash between militants and government authorities. Photos by Jansen Romero/Rappler

NBI report on Luisita massacre: Protesters more credible than gov't

Nov 18, 2014 - 10:23 AM

The confidential 2005 NBI report now published online in full for the first time shows that protesters accounts were more consistent and believable

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

Monique Wilson, Hacienda Luisita women dance for justice

Mar 07, 2014 - 6:55 PM

Developments are soon to rise in disputed portions of the land But it s people who should rise Give them land rice food you ll make a much better society

PEASANT WOMEN RISING. Theater actress and One Billion Rising Global Coordinator Monique Wilson dances with the peasant women of Hacienda Luisita to call for genuine land reform. All photos by Dax Simbol/Rappler

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

Violence in Luisita: Farmers' huts burned, crops bulldozed

Feb 12, 2014 - 8:16 PM

Tarlac police and guards hired by the Cojuangco owned Tadeco have fenced off a portion of Hacienda Luisita that they say is not covered by the agrarian reform

VIOLENCE ESCALATING. A farmer is held by policemen in Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac. All photos from Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA)

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

Luisita farmers ask SC: Stop 'bulldozing activities'

Jan 17, 2014 - 8:45 AM

The farmer petitioners say they suffered considerably due to bulldozed lands leading to crops destroyed

Luisita farmers vow raps vs Aquino uncle over arrests

Dec 24, 2013 - 5:57 PM

Jose Peping Cojuangco Jr denies he directly ordered the police to arrest farmers

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

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

Anakpawis says solon arrested in Hacienda Luisita

Sep 17, 2013 - 2:39 PM

The party list group says the police arrested its members after a meeting with the Army

FACT-FINDING MISSION. Police arrested Anakpawis Rep Fernando Hicap (party hidden, left) and members of progressive group during a visit to Hacienda Luisita. Photo from Anakpawis

Thousands lose out in Hacienda Luisita reform

Aug 02, 2013 - 5:54 PM

Thousands of workers will lose out in the President s family s farm reform next year

The importance of history

Jul 07, 2012 - 8:13 AM

By ignoring world experience or going against it we only hurt ourselves If others have undertaken reform successfully and the processes that lead to success are proven what makes us think we can do the opposite and come out with similar success?

Luisita: A hacienda of memories

Apr 24, 2012 - 8:06 PM

The issues hobbling Hacienda Luisita go beyond labor family politics and sugar This story first published in 2005 provides us history and perspective

It's final: Hacienda Luisita goes to farmers

Apr 24, 2012 - 1:58 PM

UPDATED The Supreme Court also says the Cojuangcos should be compensated based on how much the land cost two decades ago P40 000 per hectare