Aa least 1,300 farmers and fishermen from 35 local government units (LGUs) in Cebu Province affected by the weather phenomenon El Niño have received P10.91 million worth of indemnity. The Cebu Provincial Government, through its partnership with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp., contributed P4.23 million to the compensation fund.
Farmers with insured crops and fishermen affected by the El Niño phenomenon can file for indemnity claims with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) to cover for their losses. “They will have to file for indemnity claims. This what we call notice for losses incurred and an appeal for payment so that we could send our insurance adjusters”
The unusual weather condition in the past three days has damaged more than PHP5-million (€85,500) worth of banana plants in at least 15 of 40 villages there. Marisa Aton, acting city agriculturist, said farmers from the affected villages reported that strong winds, accompanied by a heavy downpour, that have hit the city since Wednesday, have destroyed ready-to-harvest bananas.
The El Niño has already damaged P43.970 million worth of crops and livestock in Cebu Province, the Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) reported. Rhee Telen, local DRRM officer II, said that Compostela town recorded the highest damage in crops, affecting around 112.1 hectares of farmlands from seven barangays.
Resentment is brewing as Philippine govt fails yet again to address the plight of growers. It has been three years since the shooting of protesting farmers by policemen in the southern Philippine province of Cotabato.The farmers were demanding 15,000 sacks of rice and the immediate release of disaster funds to address an ongoing drought brought about by the El Nino phenomenon.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) expanded its estimate for El Niño crop damage, mainly to rice and corn, to P4.35 billion as of March 31, from P1.33 billion on March 19. On Sunday, the DA said in a report that the damage covers lost output of 233,007 MT, affecting 149,494 hectares and 138,859 farmers and fisherfolk.
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