FARMERS Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano greets farmers during a dialog at the Bacolod Pavillion yesterday with a clenched fist.*

DAR acts on attempts
to skirt CARP coverage
Erroneous notices
of coverage affect 35,650 has.


Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano vowed yesterday to expand agrarian reform to properties previously exempted or converted to other uses to skirt inclusion, and to correct erroneous notices of coverage on thousands of hectares that has delayed land distribution.

Mariano met with 684 farmers in Negros Occidental that has the largest agrarian reform backlog in the country, with a balance of 91,000 hectares still to be distributed.

The total backlog for the Negros Island Region is 101,000 has., with 10,000 has. in Negros Oriental, DAR NIR Regional Director Stephen Leonidas said. . moremoremore

List of potential ARBs
readied for Capitol's ranch in Murcia

The Department of Agrarian Reform has quasi-judicial powers that will allow it to continue to prepare the list of potential agrarian reform beneficiaries for the Negros First Ranch in barangays Sta. Rosa and Canlandog, Murcia, pending an appeal filed by the provincial government, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano said yesterday.

Last month, Mariano denied the motion of the provincial government for the exclusion of its 147.2865-hectare property where its Negros First Ranch is located from land reform, for lack of merit, prompting the provincial government to opt to file an appeal before the Office of the President.

The DAR secretary said he is hoping the final decision on the Murcia property will allow for the distribution of the land to farmer beneficiaries. . moremoremore


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‘Pusher' killed in drug-bust;
kagawad nabbed with guns

A suspected pusher was killed in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, after he allegedly attempted to shoot at undercover police operatives in a drug buy-bust operation at about 8 p.m. Thursday.

The fatality was identified as Ramil Gracias, alias Tata, of legal age, married and a resident of Barangay Poblacion in Bayawan City.

A police report said that operatives of the Bayawan police station conducted a buy-bust operation in Barangay Tinago, where Gracias allegedly sold suspected shabu to an undercover policeman. .