Farmers from 12 LGUs in Negros Occidental to get P1 million in insurance claims

October 28, 2015 5:37 am 

BACOLOD CITY, Oct. 27 — A total of 168 farmers from 12 local government units (LGUs) in Negros Occidental are set to receive more than P1 million in insurance claims from the provincial government through the Negros First Universal Crop Insurance Program (NFUCIP).

Dina Genzola, senior agriculturist of the Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPA), said farmer-recipients are those enrolled under the NFUCIP and with farms damaged by recent calamities that hit the province, including typhoons, floods, heavy rains, strong wind, and dry spell.

They are from the cities of Bago, Kabankalan, San Carlos and Silay, and the municipalities of La Castellana, San Enrique, Murcia, Binalbagan, Moises Padilla, Valladolid, Pontevedra, and Hinoba-an.

Provincial officials headed by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and representatives from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) will lead the turn-over ceremony on November 5.

Under the program which started in 2011, enrolled farmers may avail of the P17,000 claims per hectare of damaged farm, and are automatically covered by health and life insurance under the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program (NOCHP).

The enrollment premium per cropping season is P840. Of which, only P340 is the counterpart of the farmer-enrollees while the remaining P500 is shouldered by the provincial government as loan.

“The crop insurance is mainly aimed at helping farmers recover from production losses and mitigating the adverse effects of calamities to their crops and animals that are very essential in the food security aspect of the province which is now 97 percent,” Genzola said.

OPA records showed that as of October 2015, the province has released total claims and indemnity of about P138 million and P32.3 million, respectively, covering almost 8,000 farmers with a farm area of not less than 7,800 hectares.

In terms of farmer-recipient’s payment for the premium share of P500, the provincial government has already received almost P4 million.

Genzola said this fund will be used by the province as premium counterpart for other and future NFUCIP applicants.(PNA)

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