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Farmers hit by typhoon to receive government indemnity

The government’s agrarian-reform agency has started to process indemnities to farmers whose crops were affected by the recent calamities in Central Luzon, a Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) executive said.

Agrarian Reform Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Anthony Parungao said the amount of the insurance coverage for Region 3 is P332.7 million, while the estimated amount of indemnity is P117.9 million.

He added the move is part of a program being jointly implemented by the DAR and Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Parungao said the program was applied as Typhoon Santi damaged a total of 13,032.34 hectares for 8,418 farmers insured under the agricultural insurance program.

He added that farmers in Central Luzon have also been previously indemnified as a result of past calamities.

For typhoons Labuyo and Maring, and the onslaught of the excessive rains brought by the southwest monsoon, the insurance coverage is P324.5 million.

The estimated amount of indemnity is P93.9 million. He said a total of 10,759 farmers in 13,413 hectares were affected by the said calamities.

The official belied reports that the DAR is depriving Hacienda Luisita farmers affected by Typhoon Santi of the much-needed government aid. He said the DAR and DA’s PCIC is, in fact, processing indemnities to help the farmers affected by the typhoon.

According to Rafael Mariano, national president of Anakpawis, the DAR is eluding its obligations to help storm-affected Luisita farmers.

The Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura and the Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita said that some 1,900 families were affected by the Typhoon Santi only in the villages of Balete and Cutcut.

Property damaged in the villages of Bantog and Asturias consists of 40 percent damaged houses and where 300 families are affected.

Rice crops affected in Barangay Balete, meanwhile, reached to 54 heactares, the groups reported.

In Barangay Cutcut, rice crop lost reached to 150 hectares.

Also, an estimated 50 has of rice crops were lost in Barangays Bantog and Asturias.

 

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