About 206 farmers in the province of Bataan benefitted from more than PhP3 million cash loan recently given through the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP).
Farmer-beneficiaries from the towns of Hermosa, Morong, Bagac, Mariveles, and Limay make up the first batch of farmers in the province who received PhP15,000 each via Landbank cash cards.
Mayor Jopet Inton of Hermosa, Atty. TonyBoy Roman (representing Congresswoman Geraldine Roman), Bataan 2nd District Rep. Joet Garcia, and Board Member Godofredo “Doc Bong” Galicia and Landbank officials attended the recent distribution schedules held in Hermosa town and Balanga City.
The loan, which is given to farmers who have been affected by the sudden drop of rice price this year, is under the Expanded Survival and Recovery Assistance Program of the Department of Agriculture.
Landbank, along with the DA, has launched the Expanded Survival and Recovery Assistance program, or the SURE Aid, aimed to provide one-time zero-interest loan of P15,000 for farmers tilling one hectare and below.
“Higit pa rito, malapit na ring ilatag ang Rice Competitive Enhancement Fund (RCEF) na magbibigay lakas sa ating mga magsasaka sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng mga makinarya, magandang binhi, karagdagang pautang, at mga training programs,” Bataan 1st District Rep. Geraldine B. Roman said.
Under the said cash loan, the farmer-beneficiaries must pay PhP1,000 in a semi-annual amortization period, with zero percent interest, from 2020 to 2027.
The farmers must sign an application and loan documents and have them verified and notarized before the cash cards were handed to them.
Aside from the initial loan recipients, another batch of farmers from other towns will also receive their cash cards in the coming weeks.
“Mayroon na po tayong mga napanukalang mga batas na makatutulong sa ating mga magsasaka at patuloy pa rin po naming hahanapan ng malawakan at pangmatagalang solusyon ang mga suliraning inyong kinakaharap. Handa po kaming makinig muli sa inyong mga mungkahi upang makapagbigay kami ng angkop na solusyon sa inyong mga problema. Mahalaga po ang inyong tinig sa usapin ng agrikultura,” Roman added.