DAGUPAN CITY – The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) distributed indemnity checks to at least 40 farmers from Barangays Tebeng and Mangin who were greatly affected by the recent calamities that hit the city in a ceremony at the City Museum on September 25.

They were the first batch of farmers to receive the cash assistance after being the first to submit their claims and requirements certified by the City Agriculture Office.

The certification allowed PCIC adjusters to conduct crop evaluation which determined the equivalent of the insurance to be turned over to the farmers, based on the stages  of cultivation at the time of loss, actual consumer price index already applied at the time of loss and percentage of yield loss.

The insurance money assistance given by the PCIC is part of a disaster mitigation and risk transfer strategy that enables farmers to cope with the effects of climate change by providing them start-up money to be utilized by them for their next crops.

City Agriculturist Emma Molina said  this batch comprises of farmers whose rice plants were repeatedly flooded and damaged from the last two calamities brought by extreme flooding and the recent onslaught of Typhoon “Ompong”.

At least 147 farmers in the city were greatly affected by the recent calamities with more than half already registered under the insurance.

Molina also disclosed that her office is working to ensure that the city’s fisherfolk  also affected by the recent calamities will also receive assistance.

“We hope our fisherfolks will also be able to receive benefits, especially for food production,” added Molina.

Meanwhile, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez in her message, underscored the importance of availing the insurance program as it helps the city’s farmers and fisherfolk recover their losses in times of calamities.

“We are grateful for the assistance coming from PCIC. Their insurance program offers help for our farmers in times of need. If your crops are affected from future typhoons or other calamities, they will be able to help you start over,” said Fernandez.

In the same occasion, the farmers also received jerrycans from SM which they can use for multiple purposes in either farming or water conservation during calamities. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)