36T farmers, fishers to get insuranceTHE Cebu Provincial Government will insure more farmers and fisherfolk this year. With the 10,000 beneficiaries for the third quarter last year, Capitol hopes to insure a total of 36,000 beneficiaries before the end of 2012. Have something to report? Tell us in text, photos or videos. Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said that for as low as a P35-premium, which Capitol will shoulder, the family of a beneficiary will get P40,000 to P50,000 in case he or she dies in an accident. Capitol also hopes to have all 45,102 barangay officials and workers in 44 towns and seven cities insured under the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) in the middle of this year. Through PhilHealth, Capitol is also eyeing to cover 120,000 more beneficiaries by the second quarter of this year, like the trisikad, tricycle and habal-habal drivers. These, Garcia said, so far are the most ambitious goals she has set. The governor was with Capitol officials for a three-day Strategic Planning and Target Setting seminar yesterday in Club Serena, a seaside resort in Basdiot, Moalboal town, 89 kilometers south of Cebu City. Present were heads and officers from the executive and legislative departments, together with Capitol consultants. The Agriculture Office, Provincial Social Welfare Office, Integrated Provincial Health Office and the Provincial Treasurers’ Office were some of the numerous departments with ambitious targets. “My term is ending (in June 2013) maong kinahanglan na ning mahuman (so these must be done),” said Garcia, referring to the insuring of farmers, fishermen and barangay workers. The governor told reporters yesterday that the Provincial Agriculture Office is aiming, by the end of this year, to cover 80 percent of all farmers and fisherfolk. This means that PCIC also covers accident insurance, crops, fishing equipment like boats and insures fishing gear.

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