Eduardo Estrella

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Eduardo Estrella
Eduardo Estrella Virella
President of the Partido Dominicanos por el Cambio
Assumed office
January 10, 2010
Senate of the Dominican Republic from Santiago de los Caballeros
In office
August 16, 1994 – August 16, 1998
Succeeded by José Rafael Abinader
Secretary of Public Works and Communications
In office
President Joaquín Balaguer
Executive Director of the National Institute of Water and Sewage
In office
President Joaquín Balaguer
Under Secretary of State for Public Works and Communications
In office
President Joaquín Balaguer
Secretary of Second Class in the Dominican Embassy in Mexico
In office
Personal details
Born (1953-06-05) 5 June 1953 (age 61)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Nationality Dominican
Political party Dominicanos por el Cambio
Spouse(s) Arelis Cruz de Estrella
Children Paula, Mabel and Eduardo Guarionex
Residence Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
Alma mater Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México UNAM
Occupation Politician, Entrepreneur, Civil Engineer
Religion Roman Catholicism

Rafael Eduardo Estrella Virella (June 5, 1953) is a civil engineer, entrepreneur and Dominican politician. He served as Secretary of State for Public Works and Communications of the Dominican Republic during the second term 1991–94, of President Joaquín Balaguer and also he served as Senator for the province of Santiago de los Caballeros during the period 1994–98.[1]

Estrella is one of the few Dominican politicians recognized and highly valued for his honesty and cleanliness during the years he was in the public exercise, and out of these. He was the first presidential candidate of the Social Christian Reformist Party after the death of its leader, Dr. Joaquín Balaguer, after being elected in March 2003 as a presidential candidate of that organization. In 2007 he resigned from that organization to build a new party, since Social Christian Reformist Party was attached to the current government of Dominican Liberation Party and what he firmly opposed during the years, thus forming the Dominicans for Change Party, which currently is the president.


Rafael Eduardo Estrella Virella was born on June 5, 1953, the son of Mayor General Guarionex Estrella and Mabel Elisa Virella de Estrella and grandson of General Pedro Antonio Estrella (Piro). Her siblings are Paula, Mabel, Guarionex and Rosa Margarita. He married to Arelis Cruz Estrella and they have three children: Paula Isabel, Eduardo Guarionex and Elisa Mabel. He is also the nephew of the national hero Salvador Estrella Sadhalá.

Eduardo Estrella began his primary education at the Colegio Calasanz de Santo Domingo, continuing at the Colegio de la Salle in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros, which also took place in high school. His university studies were conducted at the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM), the United States of Mexico, where he graduated in Civil Engineering with excellent grades.

Public offices held[edit]

  • Senate of the Dominican Republic from Santiago de los Caballeros for the period 1994–98. In that role actively participated in the adoption of the Law 24-97 Against Domestic Violence, Education 66-97, 352-98 Protection for the Elderly, among others.
  • Appointed Secretary Second Class in the Dominican Embassy in Mexico in 1972 .
  • President of the Northern Regional Dominican College of Engineers, Architects and Surveyors, CODIA in 1984–85 .
  • Elected Trustee Alternate to Santiago de los Caballeros in the 1986–90 period.
  • Secretary of State for Public Works and Communications of the President Dr. Joaquín Balaguer during the period 1986–90.
  • Executive Director of the National Institute of Water and Wastewater, INAP, 1990–91.
  • Secretary of State for Public Works and Communications (SEOPC) in the years 1991–94 . Where made an efficient management, and transparent to employees, contractors and the public.

Personally supervising all the works executed and maintenance assistantships across the country. In its management works was awarded to engineers, architects and master builders, without whatever their politics, as remarkable secretary he accomplished many projects such as:

  • Built hundreds of schools across the country.
  • He ran a national plan to rebuild roads.
  • Twin bridge construction Mella, Juan Bosch, Villa Rivas on Yuna River.
  • Expansion the airport of Puerto Plata.
  • Landing strip construction of Barahona Airport.
  • The breakwater and the freight yard of Haina Pier.
  • Rebuilt Puerto Manzanillo
  • The Avenida del Puerto construction, and Ave. Mexico as well.
  • The expansion of the Núñez de Cáceres with the tunnel
  • The Republic of Colombia, Santo Domingo;
  • The Yapur Dumit avenue and the Yaque River Bridge, Las Carreras Avenue and General Santiago Lopez Ave.
  • Gran Teatro del Cibao

It paved hundreds of miles of streets and avenues in the main cities of the national territory, covering every street reconstruction of each of the municipalities in the border region of the country, from Manzanillo to Pedernales. The national plan for construction of housing projects, both apartments as homes, which took place throughout the national territory .

Always standing by its cleanliness and honesty, being recognized by important figures in the construction sector in the Dominican Republic, such as Diego de Moya who outlines a brief history of how Eduardo Estrella saved money to the country and defended local businesses when he wrote an article entitled "Patriotism is to strengthen RD companies" in the Periodico el Caribe did publish. On that occasion it was the remodeling of the Gregorio Luperon International Airport. The work was done with the airport operational in less time than the French international offer , with more teams, with 40% less and with an economy of 20 million dollars. This is a tangible example of what can be done for the benefit of our country and benefit the construction of the same.

Held political office[edit]

  • Candidate for President of the Dominican Republic by the Social Christian Reformist Party in the elections of May 2004.
  • Candidate for President of the Republic for the 2008 elections by a coalition of the fourth pathway composed of the Social Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRSD), Dominican Humanist (PHD) Organized National Front Movement (FRENO) and Dominican Movement for Change (DxC).
  • President and Founder of the Partido Dominicanos por el Cambio - DxC .
  • Founding member of the Foundation Dr. Joaquín Balaguer.

Candidate for President of the Dominican Republic[edit]

As presidential candidate Eduardo Estrella and Dominicans for Change Party support their management proposal government in reducing current expenditure, domestic savings, the rejection of tax policy and external debt, creating jobs, promoting small and medium enterprises, promotion of foreign exchange earnings, reducing cost of living and investment in education, health and housing among others.