Murcia farmers received palay seeds, fertilizers and cash assistance under various programs facilitated by the Municipality of Murcia headed by Mayor Gerry Rojas, Vice-Mayor Johnny Reosura and Sangguniang Bayan Members on November 14.
Sixty-five Murciahanon rice farmers from Barangays Salvacion, Blumentritt, Cansilayan and Damsite received bags of palay seeds, while 100 farmers producing high value crops received two bags of fertilizers each, under the national government’s Typhoon Odette recovery program.
“We were able to access these programs for our farmers thru our close collaboration with our provincial government and with the office of 3rd District Rep. Francisco “Kiko” Benitez. Thank you very much, Gov. Bong Lacson and Cong. Kiko Benitez, for facilitating these programs which benefit Murciahanon farmers,” said Rojas.
Moreover, almost three hundred rice farmers received their crop insurance claims amounting to almost P1.3 million from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), which distributed the cash benefits in two separate tranches.
The first tranche involved 140 beneficiaries who received a total of P660, 827, while the second tranche distributed insurance benefits amounting to P623,408 to 158 beneficiaries, whose rice crops were damaged by Typhoon Odette last year.
“The crop insurance program is implemented for free by the PCIC. Farmers cultivating up to three hectares of rice farm are covered by the free crop insurance, from which they can receive up to P16,000 to P18,000, in case of damage to their crops, livestock and poultry due to droughts, typhoons, floods or other natural calamities,” explained Dennic Garzon, head of the Municipal Agriculture Office.
“PCIC also offers personal life insurance at only P50 annual premium per farmer, wherein his beneficiaries can receive P50,000, in case of the farmer’s untimely death. There was a Murciahanon farmer who paid the P50 premium for two croppings, or a total premium payment of P100 for his life insurance. When he passed away, his family received P100,000 as life insurance benefit from PCIC,” Garzon added.
Mayor Rojas reiterated his administration’s support for the town’s farmers.
“We exert all efforts to help our farmers to the utmost of our capacity. We establish linkages with the province, with the Department of Agriculture and other national government agencies so that we can tap their resources to augment the assistance we can provide for our local farmers,” the mayor pointed out.
“Proof of this commitment is our continuing efforts to construct more farm-to-market roads and foot bridges, as well as our ongoing empowerment of our farmers thru trainings,” Mayor Rojas added.*