FORTY farmers in Barangays Tebeng and Mangin who suffered heavy losses from the recent calamities that hit the city received indemnity checks from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC).
They were the first batch of farmers whose claims were certified by the City Agriculture Office, to receive the cash assistance at the City Museum on September 25.
Based on the certification, PCIC adjusters conducted crop evaluation to determine the amount of insurance coverage that a farmer was entitled to, based on the stages of cultivation at the time of loss, actual consumer price index already applied at the time of loss and percentage of yield loss.
The insurance coverage provided by the PCIC is part of a disaster mitigation and risk transfer strategy that enables farmers to cope with the effects of climate change by providing them start-up money for their next crop.
City Agriculturist Emma Molina said the first batch comprises of farmers whose rice plants were repeatedly flooded and damaged by the last two periods of extreme flooding and from Typhoon “Ompong”.
At least 147 farmers in the city that suffered heavy losses have already submitted their claims.
Molina said her office is working for the coverage of the city’s fisherfolk also affected by the recent calamities.
“We hope our fisherfolks will also be able to receive benefits, especially for food production,” Molina said.
Meanwhile, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez thanked the PCIC for offering to help the city’s farmers.
“We are grateful for the assistance coming from PCIC. Their insurance program enables our farmers to help you start again,” said Fernandez.
She acknowledged the importance of availing an insurance coverage because it helps farmers and fisherfolk recover their losses in times of calamities.
In the same occasion, the farmers also received jerrycans from SM which they can use for multiple purposes, either for farming or for water conservation during calamities. (CIO/VDV)
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