Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano made a promise to see the land reform coverage of Hacienda Luisita owned by the Cojuangco family in Tarlac.

Mariano on Thursday signed an order to go ahead with the coverage and distribution of 358.22 hectares in Hacienda Luisita registered to to the Cojuangco’s Tarlac Development Corp. (Tadeco) that was exempted from the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) under the Aquino administration.

The 358-hectare Tadeco land, located in Barangays Cutcut and Balete in Tarlac City, was not included in the 4,915 hectares of Hacienda Luisita that the Supreme Court ordered in 2011 distributed to the plantation’s thousands of tenants and workers.

More parts of Hacienda Luisita to be given away by DAR
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Mariano put an end to the case that has been pending with the Department of Agrarian Reform for the last three years. 

Mariano said the land remained agricultural and that the notices of coverage issued on Dec. 17, 2013—before the CARP law expired on June 30, 2014—were valid.

He directed the DAR in Tarlac to “immediately proceed” with the acquisition and distribution process.
He ordered the office to do everything necessary including securing assistance from law enforcement officials to make sure Tadeco complied with the order. MJM

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