CONRADO M. ESTRELLA III, the newly elected president Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.’s candidate for the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), said Thursday that his policy will focus on increasing farmers’ purchasing power.
“What we want, of course, is first and foremost that our farmers, ours beneficiaries of the agricultural reform be a part of us consumer group that there is a strong or strong purchasing power ”(Our goal is first and foremost to turn our farmers and recipients of agricultural reforms into consumers with strong purchasing power), he told the state-run People’s Television Network (PTV).
“Because if dining consumer group with strong purchasing power, Next time, no matter what business you build there, we’ll make money“(If we expand the consumer base and ensure that they have a strong purchasing power, many companies will benefit and we will thrive),” he added. “‘The same is the price of food either we can lower it a bit, otherwise our people have money in their pockets to buy their food(We will either bring food prices down a bit or ensure that ordinary people have money to buy food for).
Mr. Conrado’s nomination for DAR was announced late Wednesday. He will assume the same position as his grandfather, Conrado Estrella, Sr., who served under the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos, Sr.
One way to increase farmers’ incomes is to encourage them to “get started on livestock,” Mr Estrella said. “That’s one of the things we’re looking at.”
He said DAR will seek to accelerate the distribution of titles to farmers, a number of whom have only received Certificates of Land Ownership Award under the comprehensive agrarian reform program.
“We will try to issue more land titles so that farmers would be able to make full use of their land,” he said, noting that titles can make money by being offered as collateral for bank loans.
Mr. Estrella, a outgoing Vice-President, is a member of the ABONO Party’s list, which represented the agricultural sector in the 18.th Congress. – Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza