PCIC launches program for typhoon-affected farmers

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Friday, April 25, 2014

THE Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) launched Friday an insurance program for crop lands in Western Visayas for farmers and fishermen, whose agricultural crops and livelihood were damaged by Typhoon Yolanda last year.

PCIC acting senior vice president Norman Cajucom said the amount will hopefully cover the insurance premium subsidy in Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, and Guimaras.

Typhoon-affected farmers and fishermen were enjoined to see their respective municipal agriculture officer for possible inclusion in the list to avail of full insurance premium subsidy.


The PCIC board of directors also approved full premium subsidy of P50 million in Eastern Visayas covering the provinces of Leyte, Southern Leyte and Biliran and another P8 million for Central Visayas covering the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, and Negros Oriental.

Cajucom said the insurance subsidy targets some 25,000 farmers and fishermen in Western Visayas with a maximum of P2,000 insurance premium for each beneficiary.

The municipal agriculture offices in the provinces are updating their list of typhoon-affected farmers to avail of the free insurance premium.

Cajucom said President Benigno Aquino III had ordered the release of P1.83-billion government subsidy for subsistence farmers and fishermen and for government financing institutions to assist the affected farmers.

PCIC regional Director Charlito Brilleta said PCIC already paid P20-million worth of crop insurance claims in 2013 and another P11-million worth of claims in the first quarter of 2014.

Under the new program, the utilization of full government premium subsidy will cover the underwriting policies that include the coverage of rice, corn, high value crop, coconut, livestock, non-crop agricultural assets, fisheries, and term-life accident and dismemberment security scheme.

For crops, the farmer must be tilling not more than seven hectares while for livestock like cattle, carabao, horse, swine, goat and sheep, the coverage must be under the non-commercial mortality insurance category.

Coverage in fisheries include inland fishpond with a maximum of 5,000 square meters; mariculture parks and offshore fish cage and pen for a maximum of 100 square meters; and seaweed farm with a maximum of 500 square meters.

Non-crop agricultural assets include fisheries with a maximum of three units of fishing boats and fish cage and pen facilities within the allowed area; livestock such as poultry, piggery, house or stable used for housing of animals; and farming that covers a maximum of three agricultural equipment and machines used in farming operations.

The term insurance covers subsistence farmers and fishermen under the accident and dismemberment security scheme with an amount of P50,000 per farmer or fisherman.

The insurance program starts from April 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014 or upon full utilization of the premium subsidy fund.

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