SIXTO K. ROXAS

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SIXTO K. ROXAS, Governor Land Authority (August 1963- October 1963)

The Agriculture Land Reform Code (RA 3844) was signed into law on August 8, 1963. The Land Authority under the auspices of Governor Sixto K. Roxas from August 1963 to October 1963 was committed in its implementation. As the lead agency in implementing RA 3844 during the Macapagal Administration, the Land Authority sought the agricultural retention limit of the landowners from 300 hectares to 75 hectares. The share tenancy was abolished and the leasehold system was instituted. One of the major thrusts of the Land Authority was to establish owner-cultivatorship and the economic family-sized farm as the basis of Philippine agriculture. As a consequence, it diverted landlord capital in agriculture to industrial development.

It was also during the leadership of Governor Sixto Roxas together with Governors Rodrigo Perez, Jr. and Benjamin  Gozon that RA 3844 was implemented in Pangasinan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Occidental Mindoro, Camarines Sur, and Misamis Oriental. Out of the total scope of 18,377.05 hectares, the Land Registration Authority covered 18,247.06 hectares or generated a 99.29% accomplishment rate. The program benefited 7,466 farmer beneficiaries. Governor Roxas during his term eagerly attended hearings to fight for the funding of RA 3844.