PCIC awards ₱14.33M to Mindoro Farmers
PCIC Regional Office (RO) 4 conducted a series of mass distributions of indemnity checks, worth some P14.33 Million, in the provinces of Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro from February 13-14, 2020.
The first distribution was held in the municipality of Sablayan on February 13, 2020. Six hundred nine (609) farmer-beneficiaries including sixty members from the Mangyan tribe received indemnity checks worth ₱6.09 Million. Mr. Xerxes Garcia, the officer-in-charge of RO 4’s Claims Adjustment Division, and Sablayan Vice Mayor Walter Marquez led the distribution.
“It’s an honor for the PCIC to help farmers recover from typhoon Tisoy that struck the municipality of Sablayan,” Garcia said.
This was followed by the distribution in the municipality of San Jose, where ₱4.54 Million was handed out to 367 farmers. It was led by Mr. Garcia, with assistance from Landbank of the Philippines San Jose Branch and the PCIC Extension Office in San Jose.
“San Jose is known for producing palay and onion. Unfortunately, typhoon Ursula hit the municipality,” Garcia said. “The typhoon caused ₱100 Million worth of damages on infrastructure and crops. But with the claims indemnity, we helped farmers achieve a quick turnaround and replant their damaged land.”
Farmers from San Jose were thankful for the PCIC’s prompt processing of their claims.
“Napakalaking tulong ang nagagawa ng PCIC sa aming magsasaka dito sa Mindoro, makakaahon na ulit kami mula sa pinsala ng mga bagyong nagdaan.”, one of the recipients said.
The last distribution was held at the municipality of Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro on February 14, 2020. RO Manager Marissa Agudera headed the awarding of ₱3.71 Million worth of indemnity checks to 314 farmer-claimants. Also present was Pinamalayan Mayor Aristeo Baldos.
“Tunay nga na Kasangga ng mga magsasaka ang PCIC, napakalaking tulong nito sa sektor ng agrikultura dito sa atin, ‘ ’ Mayor Baldos said.