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September 01, 2015, Tuesday
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  • 5 mountaineers drown in Nagsasa Creek in San Jose, Tarlac on Monday afternoon. 11 hours ago |
  • Phivolcs records 5 tremors in areas in Southern Mindanao. 11 hours ago |
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  • Sandiganbayan issues hold departure orders vs. Fmr. Agusan Del Sur Rep. Rodolfo Plaza & 7 others linked to pork barrel scam. 11 hours ago |
  • Binay’s camp claims De Lima is prioritizing political ambition over the resolution of PDAF and SAF 44 cases. 11 hours ago |
  • Binay’s camp calls on Justice Sec. Leila de Lima to resign. 12 hours ago |
  • DILG Sec. Mar Roxas says gov’t & INC leaders have been in contact with one another since the beginning of the rally at DOJ. 12 hours ago |
  • Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda says INC’s protest peacefully ended through goodwill and convergence of efforts. 12 hours ago |
  • Deputy Pres’l Spokesperson Abigail Valte says talks between gov’t & INC centered on clarification of issues & concerns. 12 hours ago |
  • Palace says there has been no deal made between gov’t and Iglesia ni Cristo. 12 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino led the National Heroes’ Day commemoration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City. 16 hours ago |
  • Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda thanks the INC for ending its 5-day protest rally. 16 hours ago |
  • 9 killed in a collision between a multicab & a truck before dawn Monday in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat. 16 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino calls on people to unite & set aside personal interests during his message on National Heroes’ Day. 16 hours ago |
  • Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares says the right of expelled INC Minister Isaias Samson Jr. to file a complaint must be respected. 16 hours ago |
  • CIBAC Party-list Rep. Sherwin Tugna says DOJ must continue hearing the complaint of expelled INC Minister Isaias Samson Jr. 16 hours ago |
  • Fire kills 6 stay-in workers in a bakery in Taal, Batangas. 16 hours ago |
  • Clean-up of area around EDSA-Shaw Boulevard ongoing following 5 days of INC’s protest. 17 hours ago |
  • Traffic flow now moving along EDSA-Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City. 17 hours ago |
  • Some INC members still trooped to DOJ early Monday morning & left only after INC’s announcement that the protest was over. 17 hours ago |
  • Commuters who were at EDSA-Mandaluyong area about 6 am Monday experienced monstrous traffic jam due to INC rally. 17 hours ago |
  • INC members rejoiced upon hearing their leaders’ announcement at about 8 am Monday that they are ending the protest. 17 hours ago |
  • LRTA says the remaining value stored in the magnetic cards can be transferred to beep cards. 17 hours ago |
  • LRT-2 removes from all its stations the gates for magnetic cards as it paves the way for beep cards. 17 hours ago |
  • Registration for 2016 polls continues in selected malls in the provinces. 17 hours ago |
  • Comelec reminds public to register for 2016 elections before deadline comes on October 31. 17 hours ago |
  • Rains forecast over Central Luzon, Bicol, Isabela, Quirino, Rizal and Quezon. 17 hours ago |
  • Possibility of the LPA near Baler, Aurora developing into a storm remote. 17 hours ago |
  • LPA located at sea 390 kms. east southeast of Baler, Aurora. 17 hours ago |
  • INC evangelist Bienvenido Santiago says INC is concluding its protest as it has reached an understanding with gov’t. 18 hours ago |
  • Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) ends its protest at EDSA-Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City. 18 hours ago |
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PNoy nixes calls for DAR chief ouster

By MST News | Feb. 02, 2013 at 12:01am
President Benigno Aquino III will not replace Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes despite the calls from the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines to revamp his department for its alleged failure to implement the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, Malacañang said on Friday.

“The Department of Agrarian Reform continues to do everything that it can to address the concerns of the farmers for land distribution,” deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said.

Asked if de los Reyes still enjoyed Mr. Aquino’s trust and confidence, Valte said: “We have not heard otherwise.”

In its letter to the President dated Jan. 24, the CBCP said “the accomplishments of [the department] have been dismal, to say the least.”

The group urged Mr. Aquino to “take quick decisive action that can be fully implemented and revamp the current leadership of [the department], which has underperformed these last two and a half years.”

Some 900,000 hectares are still up for distribution under the land reform program, which will expire in 2014.

Valte said all notices of coverage would have been issued before the program expired.

“Even if we have reached the June 2014 deadline, as long as the notices of coverage have been issued the process will continue,” Valte said earlier.

“As for the landholdings below 10 hectares, [the department’s] target is to finish issuing notices of coverage by July 1, 2013.” Valte

The CARP law was enacted during the administration of then President Corazon Aquino.

While hailed as a landmark social justice legislation, the law contained a loophole for stock distribution option that allowed Hacienda Luisita, the vast sugar estate owned by the Cojuangcos, to be exempted from being parceled out to farm workers.

The President earlier created an inter-agency committee that will ensure continued support for the government’s land acquisition and distribution after the land reform program expires next year.

“There is a need to create a committee to undertake a study on the institutional arrangements that will ensure the continuity and streamlining of land distribution and management, the delivery of agricultural support services, and the resulting reorganization and rationalization of concerned government agencies,” the President said.

The inter-agency body has been tasked to conduct a study on the transition plan for the post-Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program  scenario.

The body will be led by the director general of the National Economic and Development Authority while the secretaries of agrarian reform, agriculture, environment, justice and budget, and the administrator of the Land Registration Authority will serve as members.

Malacañang has been lukewarm to a bill extending the CARP for another five years, insisting that the government is on target in completing land acquisition and distribution under the existing law.
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