Malaybalay City, Bukidnon – Twenty-seven (27) Sumilao farmers recently received their indemnity claims from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) to cover for the crop losses they incurred when tropical depression Agaton struck Mindanao last year.
Julio Celestiano Jr. Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II of Bukidnon said the checks amounting to Php 252,394.77 were distributed to the 27 beneficiaries who are members of the PANAW Multipurpose Cooperative from Sumilao, Bukidnon.
Celestiano said these farmers planted corn during the last cropping season in 2013 when tropical depression Agaton struck Mindanao January of that year and destroyed their crops.
Fortunately, a tie up between the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the PCIC was forged earlier through the Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Agricultural Insurance Program (ARB-AIP) allowing the farmers to collect payments in case of losses and damages to their crops and farm animals caused by natural calamities or fortuitous events.
Celestiano said that agrarian reform beneficiaries nationwide were encouraged to enroll in the program, which is fully subsidized by DAR.
Restituto Anlicao, a farmer claimant after receiving his check amounting to P28,956.24 said, “ I thought I could never get anything after the storm damaged our 3- hectare corn farm. But thank God, our government is sincere to help farmers like us.”