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Balancing DAR efforts: Boracay land distribution and Region 6 LAD balance

Recent talks on agrarian reform seem to be highly concentrated on the land distribution in Boracay island. Despite many debates on whether the lands in Boracay are CARP-able or, at least, suitable for farming, DAR supported the declaration of Preside...

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Untitled Lands Will Still Be Distributed

The much-awaited opinion on how untitled lands will be treated under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) is finally out.  DOJ Opinion No. 100, Series of 2012 was released last 13 November 2012 answering the Department of Agrarian Reform...

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Role of Media in the CARPER Campaign

Photo by Reggie Aquino THE ROLE OF MEDIA IN THE CARPER CAMPAIGN: OF MEDIA BITES, SNAPSHOTS AND SPREAD OF STORIES By: Murin Velasco Three years of intense campaigning for the CARP Extension with Reforms (CARPER) Law paved the way for local and int...

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The Case for a National Land Use and Management Act: Stories from Palawan and Bukidnon

(Photo by Manuel Domes) Written by Manuel Domes The current 15th Congress has the unique chance to finally pass the legislation for a comprehensive national land use policy. The National Land Use and Management Act (NLUMA) is the last incarnation...

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Pollwatchers Guide for 2010 Elections

What are the rights of a pollwatcher Watch the proceedings or discussion of the BEI. Jot down all the information heard and watched. Document the voting and counting. Take a photo of the election returns and the ballot box. Voice and file pr...

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How to Vote in 2010 Elections: Thoughts, Reminders and Steps

Many have waited for the coming 2010 Elections. Some are excited and others may feel worried of the outcome of the elections. Why? The May 2010 Election is the first nationwide automated elections, meaning that Filipinos would be using machines in re...

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Small Farmers Make Better Use Of Land, Ensure Food Security

The municipality of Infanta, Quezon has been self-sufficient in rice for a decade now. In 1998, it already attained a 132% food sufficiency level according to official municipal data. Of its 22,500 hectare land area, around 1,500 hectares are planted...

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