By Roi Lomotan
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – Officials from the Provincial Government of Negros Oriental and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) aimed to provide free crop insurance to the poorest farmers and fisherfolks in the province.
The provincial government was represented by Governor Roel Degamo, atty. Richard Enojo, Provincial Administrator, Provincial Agriculturist Gregorio Paltingca and Provincial Veneterinarian Nestor Villaflores.
PCIC on the other hand was represented by its president Atty. Jovy Bernabe, Norman Cajucom, Senior Vice President for Regional Management Group, Cresencio deligero, Regional Manager for Central Visayas, Antonio Uy II, Vice President for Corporate Business Affairs and Epifanio Maniebo, member of PCIC board of directors.
Atty. Bernabe disclosed that through this partnership with the provincial government, PCIC targets to cover 30,000 to 50,000 poor farmers in Negros Oriental for their free insurance.
“The Department of Agriculture and the PCIC will give them free crop insurance in case they are hit by calamities or pestilence,” Bernabe said.
The insurance covers farmers of rice, corn, sugarcane and high value crops as well as livestock including aquaculture farms. The amount of crop insurance is pegged at P20, 000.
“This is a big help to our farmers. Around 30, 000 to 50,000 farmers in Negros Oriental will be covered by this program so I really thank PCIC for the big help they gave our province,” Degamo expressing his gratitude to PCIC.
Meanwhile, PCIC Senior Vice President for Regional Management Group Norman Cajucom elaborated that the corporation has already begun coordinating with its local counterparts the Provincial Agriculturist Office as well as the Municipal Agriculturist Office in verification of farmers that will be covered by the crop insurance program.
However, in the case of Negros Oriental where sugarcane is one of the primary agricultural products in the province, Cajucom noted that the PCIC will only give insurance to those farmers whose crops are damaged by accidental fire aside from the usual calamities and pestilence.
He disclosed that there the PCIC observes some conditions to determine if sugarcane farms are damaged by accidental fire.
“There should be a fire line and (farmers) should regularly remove weeds in their farms to avoid any incidence of fire,” he emphasized.
Cajucom also added that the provincial government signified its intention to provide an office space for its office as part of the local governent’s support to PCIC. (mbcn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA website on Nov. 19, 2015)