Tuguegarao City, Cagayan—The Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. in Region 2 has allotted at least P156 million for farmers whose crops were damaged due to El Niño during this year's first quarter.
Benito Taguibao of PCIC Region 2 said more than half of the 26,000 farmers in Region 2 and Cordillera Administrative Region will receive financial assistance this month.
Taguibao said 10,492 farmers have already received more than P83.38 million based on a general assessment and validation to assure that the right amount is given to them.
Based on the assessment, he said the agency is giving P5,000 to P6,000 for partially damaged lands and P10,000 for totally damaged lands as financial help to the farmers.
The PCIC Region 2 is targeting 500 farmers daily to complete the 26,000 goal by the end of August.
Taguibao said that for farmers in Cagayan's southwestern municipalities, the PCIC has setup a service desk at Barangay Libertad in Abulug town, while farmers in Aparri, Gattaran, Lal-lo, and Santa Ana towns can go to the Camalaniugan town service desk.
For farmers in Isabela province, service desks were setup in Ilagan City, Santiago City, and Mallig town.
"With these service desks, we will be able to speed up processing claims by the farmers," Taguibao said.
He said the agency will be sending out confirmation to farmers once the assistance is ready for release.
Meanwhile, the PCIC has recorded 1,300 farmers who were affected by Typhoon “Falcon” in July.
Financial assistance to these survivors will be released in September, Taguibao added.