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RODRIGO D. PEREZ, Governor Land Authority (November 1963- July 1964)

The Agriculture Land Reform Code (RA 3844) was signed into law on August 8, 1963. After Governor Sixtor Roxas, Governor Rodrigo D. Perez  led the Land Authority from November 1963 to July 1964. Like his predecessor, he also committed to the successful implementation of the the law. 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.

Governor Rodrigo Perez  continued what Governor Sixto Roxas started in the implementation of  RA 3844  in Pangasinan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Occidental Mindoro, Camarines Sur, and Misamis Oriental. His leadership at the  Land Authority was contributory in  accomplishing the targets of the Macapagal Administration on leasehold. As a result out of the total scope of 18,377.05 hectares, the Land Authority covered 18,247.06 hectares or generated a 99.29% accomplishment rate. The program benefited 7,466 farmer beneficiaries.