philippines agrarian reform - updates

Rappler's latest stories on philippines agrarian reform


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

Mercado donates 'Hacienda Binay' lot to gov't

Nov 18, 2014 - 12:21 PM

Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado says he is making the donation to prove that he is not the beneficial user and to rectify the wrong that had been done by returning the land to deserving farmers

WHISTLEBLOWER. Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado (middle) attends the Senate hearing into the alleged overpriced Makati City buildings on November 18, 2014. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Gov't to act on overlapping land titles

Oct 21, 2014 - 5:19 PM

Two years after a joint administrative order government agencies will finally sort through the mess of conflicting land documents that have derailed many government programs

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

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

Haiyan-displaced families 'forced' to occupy forests

Apr 12, 2014 - 3:22 PM

More than 200 families in Iloilo are allegedly being prevented from returning to their homes by a development corporation with plans to turn the lands into a resort

OCCUPYING FORESTS. A portion of the 282-hectare forest land in Barangay Buaya (Sicogon Island) has been declared as a "peoples' resettlement site" by more than 200 families affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Photo courtesy of Progreso Panay

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

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)

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