Conrado F. Estrella

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CONRADO F. ESTRELLA, Governor, Land Authority (January 1966-September 1971)
Secretary, Dept. of Agrarian Reform (September 1981 to April 1986)
Secretary Conrado Estrella is credited for carrying out measures to facilitate the implementation of the agrarian reform program under the Marcos administration. Through the initial effort of his administration, a total of 236 municipalities from Luzon and Visayas with a total coverage of 716, 912 hectares involving 292, 429 farmer beneficiaries were under the leasehold by the end of 1971. That same year, through his endeavors the National Land Reform Council for which he was a member approved the acquisition of One hundred seventy three (173) agricultural estates for distribution to tenant-tillers.

As Minister of the Ministry of Agrarian Reform, he was given the authority and power to issue Certificate of Land Transfer and Emancipation Patent.

Secretary Estrella ensured the implementation of PD 27 (The Tenant Emancipation Decree) when the entire country was proclaimed into a land reform area (PD 2). During his term, the tenanted rice and corn lands gave the tenants opportunity to purchase the lands they tilled, while share tenants on lands over 7 hectares became leaseholders.

The Ministry of Agrarian Reform which later became the Department of Agrarian Reform (RA 6389), distributed and titled a total of 260,000 hectares of land in a period of fourteen years. Subsequently, Certificates of Land Transfers (CLTs) in the rice and corn areas were awarded to 250,000 tenant farmers, covering almost half a million hectares, throughout his leadership in the Department. He was also the Governor of the Land Authority from January 1966 to September 1971. In fact, he is credited for the successful implementation of the leasehold program  as Governor of the Land Authority in the provinces of  Pangasinan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Occidental Mindoro, Camarines Sur, and Misamis Oriental..