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NBI investigating DAR chief Castriciones for alleged P5M land payoff

Jul 13, 2019 - 11:44 PM

Castriciones strongly denies the allegations, and says cases over the issue have been filed against the complainant herself

DAR SECRETARY. President Rodrigo Duterte and Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones at the ceremonial distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries of Maguindanao at the Buluan Municipal Gymnasium on February 11, 2019. Presidential photo

Recto files bill to write off farmers' debts from CARP

Jul 13, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Recto says the amount of farmers debt is 'small compared to the hundreds of billions in private sector loans it had written off over the past 40 years'

CARP DEBT. Senator Ralph Recto files a bill seeking to write off debt of farmers from agrarian reform loans. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trump dump delights peckish Japanese fish, outrages Twitter

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:27 PM

It turns out the US president is merely following his host's lead, as Abe has previously sprinkled out the remains of his box into the pond

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

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

Coron farmers group wants justice for slain leader

Sep 26, 2016 - 7:37 PM

Farmers in Basuanga want the killer of peasant leader Arnel Figueroa jailed Figueroa s murder was caught on video

SLAIN FARMER. Arnel Figueroa dies after a heated exchange with the blue guards of the Bureau of Animal Industry in Coron, Palawan. Screengrab from video

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

Farmers to Duterte: Use iron fist vs 'untouchable' landlords in Negros

May 23, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Task Force Mapalad farmers urge the president elect to go after landlords holding 76 of untouched lands in Negros Occidental

LAND ISSUES. Task Force Mapalad member-farmers from Negros and Batangas provinces walked along EDSA on June 2014, after walking for more than 7 days from their home province. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/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

DENR Cordillera approves 7,000 land patents

Oct 23, 2015 - 8:38 AM

DENR CAR declares it was able to meet its target number of processed and issued land patents for 2015 under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program

Understanding land grabbing, land rights in the 21st century

Aug 30, 2015 - 6:53 PM

How and why did land grabbing persist in the Philippines in the past years? A special double edition of the Focus Policy Review answers this question

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

'Hacienda Binay' violates agrarian reform – Miriam

Nov 06, 2014 - 9:56 PM

Senator Miriam Santiago says her experience as agrarian reform secretary tells her the landowners connived with government officials to spare their properties from the CARP

FOLLOW CARP: The Senate probe into 'Hacienda Binay' exposes how owners violated the country's agrarian reform laws. Rappler photo

A letter to the man I knew only in death

Sep 01, 2014 - 11:19 PM

Weeks months and years would pass and people will forget about you but hopefully I am not the only one who learned a thing or two from what happened

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

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

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

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

Cybercrime ruling creates chilling effect on Luisita farmworkers

Feb 21, 2014 - 10:08 PM

Advocates supporting Hacienda Luisista farmworkers are against the Cybercrime law s provision on online libel

LUISITA WATCH. A group of advocates and NGOs supporting Hacienda Luisita farmworkers came together and launched 'Luisita Watch,' which aims to raise awareness about the struggles of Luisita farmworkers. Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

SC appoints 3 firms to audit Hacienda Luisita payment

Feb 11, 2014 - 10:03 AM

Two firms and a certified public accountant are chosen to perform the panel audit

AUDIT. The panel has 90 days to determine any legitimate corporate expenses from the P1.3 billion sale of 3 lots. Photo by Arcel Cometa

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

37 face charges over P200-M agri fund scam

Aug 06, 2013 - 10:35 AM

Benhur Luy whistleblower in the current pork barrel scam is one of the respondents in the P200 million agricultural fund case before the Ombudsman

A file photo of former President Gloria Arroyo during an ASEAN summit in Hanoi, April 9, 2010. Photo by AFP/Tang Chhin Sothy

Hacienda Luisita land distribution begins

Jul 18, 2013 - 9:22 PM

A first batch of 340 farmers from Barangay Cutcut in Tarlac City received lot allocation certificates Government aims to complete land distribution in August

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

29 sugar block farms eyed in VisMin

Mar 04, 2013 - 3:43 PM

The block farming scheme aims to make planting fertilization and harvesting more profitable and cost efficient

Photo by AFP.

Inclusive growth? Charter change needed, says MVP

Jan 17, 2013 - 7:23 PM

The businessman says limitation on foreign ownership of land in the country keeps many Filipinos in rural areas poor

Roxas grp sells over 1,200 has. for agrarian reform

Nov 20, 2012 - 2:36 PM

Publicly listed Roxas and Company Inc RCI disclosed that its board authorized its president to sell as much as 1 212 57 hectares of land to the Department of Agrarian Reform DAR

DAR will fulfill targets despite proposal to extend CARPER

Nov 02, 2012 - 6:54 PM

The Department of Agrarian Reform is committed to fulfilling its land distribution targets despite a proposal to extend the agrarian reform program up to 2019 says Malacañang

UNNECESSARY? DAR will keep to land distribution targets despite a proposal to extend CARPER. (photo from

Eat steak everyday!

Aug 20, 2012 - 10:24 PM

A man stricken with Pompe Disease reminds us why we should seize the day

JUAN REMINDS US TO do something that makes us happy every single day. Photo by Taffy Ledesma

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