PCIC: Pampanga agri hardest hit in Central Luzon-A A +A
Monday, September 9, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Some 5,241 rice farmers in Pampanga were hit hard by the recent calamities in Central Luzon, the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) said.
Losses in Pampanga's agricultural sector amounted to more than P22 million, with 7,335 hectares submerged in floodwaters.
PCIC regional manager Romeo Gonzales, in his visit to Candaba town over the weekend, said that they are ready to settle claims of rice and corn farmers.
"Kailangan mai-validate natin sila at ma-identify natin yung mga insured crops na nalubog," Gonzales said.
It was learned that PCIC set aside some P110 million to provide insurance benefits to farmers in affected provinces.
PCIC is an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture, which vowed to pay claims 20 days after filing of the same.
Candaba town agriculturist Mario Concepcion, in an interview, stated that some 799 farmers from 12 barangays involving 1,028.22 hectares could possibly avail benefits from the PCIC.
However, he clarified that they could only get benefits if they really sustained losses due to floods, based on the validation.
"Hindi ibig sabihin na insured sila makakakuha na sila ng benepisyo. Kailangan maipakita na nasira talaga ang kanilang pananim," Concepcion added.
Based on the final report of the Municipal Agriculture Office, 552.58 hectares were completely damaged, while 716.55 hectares were partially damaged.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 10, 2013.