ALBEE Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano (2nd from left) goes over the map of the Negros First Ranch property with DAR NIR Regional Director Stephen Leonidas, Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr., and Provincial Legal Officer Jose Ma. Valencia (l-r) Saturday* (Richard Mahilan photo)

DAR chief calls Negros ‘bastion of landlordism’

  The Department of Agrarian Reform is investigating the implementation of the corporative scheme and stock distribution option   in some large  landholdings in Negros Occidental, including  the 4,300-hectare Eduardo Cojuangco farms, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano said Saturday.

The DAR will ensure that the interest of the farmer beneficiaries are upheld in any agribusiness arrangement, said Mariano, who was in Bacolod City.

The DAR wants to ensure “distributive justice” by enabling  farmer beneficiaries to have actual control of the land awarded to them, he added.moremoremore

Ruling on Capitol’s ranch this week

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano Saturday said he will rule this week  on whether property purchased by the provincial government in Hacienda Ilimnan, Barangay Sta. Rosa, Murcia in Negros Occidental for its Negros First Ranch rightfully belongs to agrarian reform beneficiaries.

Mariano met with the protesting farmer beneficiaries in their makeshift camp behind the provincial Capitol in Bacolod City amid heavy downpour early Saturday morning to listen to their demands and later also held a dialog with them at the Bacolod Pavillon Hotel.

He also met with Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Provincial Legal Officer Jose Ma. Valencia at the Governor’s Office but the media were barred from entering the Capitol. moremoremore


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UBECHEA scholars identified

Two faculty members of Silliman University in Dumaguete City are among this year’s recipients of scholarships for higher studies abroad, from the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, a press release from SU said.

          Former English Department chairperson Warlito Caturay Jr. is now at Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand, to pursue the three-year Doctor of Philosophy in English Language Teaching program.

          Office of Information and Publications director Mark Raygan Garcia will leave this month for Hong Kong for the degree of Master of Public Policy and Governance, with social policy as specialization, from the Education University of Hong Kong at Tai Po. His program runs for one year.