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LANDBANK Miagao Branch moves to new home

Miagao Mayor Macario N. Napulan (center) and LANDBANK West Visayas Branches Group Head, First Vice President Delma O. Bandiola (4th from left) lead the official inauguration and blessing of the newly-relocated LANDBANK Miagao Branch on March 22, 2021. With them are (from left) University of the Philippines-Visayas (UPV) Chancellor Dr. Clement C. Camposano, Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) President Dr. Raul F. Muyong, and LANDBANK Miagao Branch Head Rowena H. Areño. MIAGAO, Iloilo – From its former site inside the Fisheries Library Museum Building of the University of the Philippines-Visayas (UPV), the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) Miagao Branch recently moved to a new site at Barangay Igtuba beside the Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) to better service the banking needs of clients. “LANDBANK remains committed to bringing quality products and services closer to our valued clients. The strategic relocation of the Miagao Branch is meant to better service the banking needs of our depositors and loan clients in the area, especially cooperatives, micro, small and medium enterprises, rural banks and LGU partners,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo. Miagao Mayor Macario N. Napulan led the inauguration of the new branch on March 22, 2021, together with LANDBANK West Visayas Branches Group Head, First Vice President Delma O. Bandiola. They were joined by UPV Chancellor Dr. Clement C. Camposano, ISAT U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong, and LANDBANK Miagao Branch Head Rowena H. Areño. Mayor Napulan welcomed the move of LANDBANK which signified continued support for the municipality’s economic development. “I am very happy that one of the biggest banks in the country is located here in Miagao,” he said.    For more updates, follow the official LANDBANK Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts (@landbankofficial), Twitter (@LBP_Official), or join the Viber community (@LANDBANK), and visit the LANDBANK website (www.landbank.com).

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LANDBANK joins Cebu’s rural development drive

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn F. Garcia (2nd from left), Deputy Speaker and Cebu 3rd District Congressman Pablo John F. Garcia (3rd from left), and Cebu 2nd District Congressman Wilfredo S. Camenero (rightmost) lead the MOA signing with LANDBANK Visayas Lending Group Head, Senior Vice President Elsie F. Tagupa (leftmost) for the Enhanced Countryside Development (ECD) Program on March 5, 2021. CEBU CITY, Cebu – State-run Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) joined hands with the Provincial Government of Cebu in opening doors for livelihood opportunities and business expansion to farmers and fishers in underdeveloped areas in the Province of Cebu with the launch of the Enhanced Countryside Development (ECD) Program. Cebu Governor Gwendolyn F. Garcia signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with LANDBANK and two other government financial institutions for the implementation of the ECD Program on March 5, 2021. Under the agreement, LANDBANK will provide direct financial assistance to eligible and qualified borrowers endorsed by the local government unit (LGU), with reasonable interest rates and payback terms. The facility aims to assist the LGU to shift the development focus from the urban Metro Cebu to the underdeveloped and underutilized towns of the province. “LANDBANK welcomes the opportunity to take part in advancing inclusive countryside development in Cebu. This forms part of our steadfast support to our local government partners, as we continue to extend accessible credit to finance livelihood expansion and recovery requirements, especially in underdeveloped towns and municipalities in the Province,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo. Under the MOA, LANDBANK will provide necessary financing for the LGU’s projects that support the agriculture value chain. This includes infrastructure projects such as farm-to-market roads and post-harvest facilities in strategic areas in the province. At the same time, farmers and fishers will be provided with the necessary capital to restart or improve their livelihood. All ECD-participating farmers will also be provided crop insurance through the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), as well as technical and marketing support. “LANDBANK commits its all-out support to the ECD Program, especially on extending loans to the farmers and fishers in the Province of Cebu,” said LANDBANK Visayas Lending Group Head, Senior Vice President Elsie Fe NB. Tagupa. For more updates, please Follow, Like and Share the official LANDBANK Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts (@landbankofficial), Twitter (@LBP_Official), and join our Viber community (@LANDBANK), or visit the LANDBANK website (www.landbank.com).

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Matanao LGU inks P200-M LANDBANK loan for recovery projects

Matanao Mayor Vincent F. Fernandez (2nd from right) and LANDBANK Davao del Sur Lending Center Department Manager Arnel M. Caalim (rightmost) lead the ceremonial signing for a P200-million financial recovery loan package, witnessed by Matanao Vice Mayor Alfredo O. Panerio (2nd from left) and LANDBANK Bansalan Branch Department Manager Raquel U. Dela Cerna. MATANAO, Davao del Sur – Recovery efforts of this 2nd class municipality against the ongoing health crisis, as well as natural calamities such as frequent earthquakes that rock the region, will receive crucial financial support from the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) as the Municipality of Matanao signed six (6) term loans totaling P200 million on March 15, 2021. The Matanao local government unit (LGU) availed of the financial recovery package under the RISE UP LGUs (Restoration and Invigoration Package for a Self-sufficient Economy towards UPgrowth for LGUs) Lending Program, designed to provide the necessary funding requirements of provincial, city, and municipal LGUs to revive their local economy and recover from the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We continue to encourage our LGUs to utilize their borrowing capacity to bolster local healthcare services and economic recovery programs. The LANDBANK RISE UP LGUs Lending Program provides for responsive and accessible financing for these requirements,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo. Part of the loan will be used by Matanao to bolster its healthcare services, which include maintenance of COVID-19 isolation and monitoring units, as well as temporary treatment facilities for residents suspected or have tested positive with the virus. The loan will also replenish funds used by the LGU to procure food and medical supplies that are distributed to the poorest and most affected members of the community who are mostly engaged in rice farming and banana cultivation. Under Republic Act No. 11494 or the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act,” loans availed by LGUs during this time for such purposes will receive an interest subsidy until December 31, 2022 or until the total P1-billion subsidy fund under the Act is fully utilized. For his part, Matanao Mayor Vincent F. Fernandez said the LGU will strive to keep Matanao as one of the most competitive municipalities in the Davao Region. “We are very thankful to LANDBANK for immediately responding to the urgent request of the LGU for assistance. Thank you for a decade of partnership. We hope that through this financial package with concessional terms, we can recover faster, not only from the damages brought about by the recent quakes, but also from this pandemic," said Mayor Fernandez. He added that one of the term loans will be used to reconstruct the Municipal Hall building—previously financed by the Bank in 2013—after it was severely damaged by earthquakes in 2019 and rendered unusable. Another term loan will be used to acquire heavy equipment for the ongoing development of road networks and other infrastructure prospects within the Municipality that will pave the way for the enhanced mobility of people and goods. Moreover, the loan package will also fund the construction of a public market building that will benefit small farmers and fishers, as well as micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Interested LGUs may contact the nearest open LANDBANK Lending Center or Branch nationwide, or call LANDBANK’s customer service at (02) 8-405-7000 or at PLDT Domestic Toll Free 1-800-10-405-7000. Updates are regularly posted on the official LANDBANK Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts (@landbankofficial), Twitter (@LBP_Official), and in Viber Community (@LANDBANK), or in the LANDBANK website (www.landbank.com).

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Calamba City, LANDBANK set up alternative payment options

Calamba City Mayor Justin Marc SB. Chipeco (right) and LANDBANK Calamba City Hall Branch Head, Assistant Vice President Anna Marie L. Mundin (left) sign two (2) Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) to utilize LANDBANK’s Branch Online Collection Facility and Link.BizPortal as alternative payment channels for Calambeños to settle local government fees. CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – The City Government of Calamba is tapping the services of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) to provide its constituents more convenient and safe additional payment channels to settle local government fees. Calamba City Mayor Justin Marc SB. Chipeco and LANDBANK Calamba City Hall Branch Head, Assistant Vice President Anna Marie L. Mundin, signed two (2) Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) for the use of LANDBANK’s Branch Online Collection (OnColl) Facility and electronic payment channel Link.BizPortal on March 23, 2021. The LANDBANK Branch OnColl Facility will allow Calambeños to pay Real Property Taxes (RPT) to the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Calamba City at any LANDBANK branch nationwide. As part of the agreement, LANDBANK shall accept payments from the clients of Calamba City LGU in the form of cash, authority to debit account, on-us checks, manager’s checks, and local checks. Meanwhile, through LANDBANK’s Link.BizPortal, Calambeños will also be able to settle their RPT and business permit payments via the internet. Under the MOA, LANDBANK shall make Link.BizPortal accessible to Calamba City clientele for the payment of fees and charges assessed manually. The Bank shall also report to Calamba City LGU the number and total amount of transactions or collections facilitated daily. “LANDBANK’s digital payment facilities support LGUs in promoting ease of doing business, especially under the new normal. We are also looking to collaborate with more government partners toward providing uninterrupted public services amid ongoing mobility limitations and health concerns due to the pandemic,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo. As of end-February 2021, the number of transactions facilitated through LANDBANK’s major electronic channels reached 18.6 million with a total value of P247.08 billion, representing increases of 16% and 47%, respectively, over the same period last year.  Specifically, the LANDBANK Link.BizPortal recorded 660,490 transactions amounting to P1.39 billion, equivalent to 37% and 41% growth rates, respectively. With 781 enrolled partner-merchants nationwide as of March 2021, the LANDBANK Link.BizPortal is the Bank’s response to the national government’s call for a National Retail Payment System, which also supports the “eGov Pay” payment solution of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). Access the LANDBANK Link.BizPortal for convenient online payment to chosen merchants via the Bank’s official website (www.landbank.com) or directly visit www.lbp-eservices.com. For more news and updates, follow the Bank’s official social media channels at @landbankofficial on Facebook and Instagram, @LBP_Official on Twitter, and @LANDBANK on Viber.

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LANDBANK President and CEO Message to Clients

To Our Valued Clients:  Easter greetings to you and your family. Amid the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, we in LANDBANK remain committed to balancing uninterrupted service delivery while prioritizing your health and safety. We encourage you to continue using our digital and online platforms at the safety and comfort of your homes for your financial transactions. The LANDBANK iAccess and Mobile Banking App are available for your immediate banking needs. We have upgraded our mobile app with enhanced functionality and security features to provide you with a more convenient experience in accessing LANDBANK’s wide array of services at your fingertips. Similarly, the LANDBANK Link.BizPortal, WeAccess, Electronic Tax Payment System and Phone Access are all available to serve your requirements. We also understand your need to send support to your families or continue conducting your businesses during this pandemic. Which is why LANDBANK has extended the waiver of fees for fund transfers to other banks via InstaPay and PESONet to until June 30, 2021. While we continue to promote cashless transactions, we also ensure sufficient cash availability in all our ATMs should you need cash. Let me then take this opportunity to remind you to be extra vigilant in protecting your accounts against scams and security threats. Do not share your personal account details to prevent unauthorized use of your bank accounts or credit cards. Please report to us immediately if you notice any unusual transactions or activities in your accounts. For those who still need to transact in our branches, strict but necessary health protocols remain in place. As we all continue to fight this pandemic, rest assured that we are committed to working with the Filipino nation towards recovery and rising above this adversity. We are #BankingOnTheFilipinoSpirit as we look forward to healthier times. Thank you for your continued confidence in LANDBANK. Sincerely,   CECILIA C. BORROMEO President and CEO Land Bank of the Philippines

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LANDBANK waives online fund transfer fees until June 30; mobile app transactions up 71% as of February

With the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the country, the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) is extending once again the waiver of fees for online fund transfers of retail clients until June 30, 2021. The waiver of fees, previously extended only until March 31, 2021, covers online fund transfers facilitated through LANDBANK’s online banking channels via InstaPay and PESONet. Among these platforms is the LANDBANK Mobile Banking App (MBA) which facilitated 14.1 million transactions valued at P20.27 billion as of end-February, amounting to increases of 71% and 230%, respectively, over the same period in 2020. The LANDBANK MBA was upgraded last year to include new features such as an enhanced user interface, card-less withdrawal, and registration of Mastercard credit and prepaid cards. Since the government imposed health restrictions in March last year, LANDBANK has been encouraging clients to utilize its digital and e-banking channels. This continues as the greater Manila area is again placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). "LANDBANK remains committed in balancing service delivery and safety, by providing secure and convenient digital banking solutions while promoting health protection. We continue to urge our clients to utilize our online banking platforms and make cashless transactions, especially at this time when COVID-19 cases are rising,” LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo said. As of February 2021, LANDBANK’s five major electronic channels—LANDBANK MBA, Electronic Modified Disbursement System (eMDS), Link.BiZ Portal, i-Access, and we-Access—recorded a cumulative 18.59 million transactions amounting to P247.08 billion. These represent increases of P16% and 47%, respectively, year-on-year. The LANDBANK eMDS, dedicated for national government clients and partners, recorded 191,494 transactions or a 10% increase in volume, amounting to P152.86 billion, or a 68% growth, from February 2020.  Likewise, the Bank’s e-payment platform, the LANDBANK Link.BiZ Portal, facilitated 660,490 transactions amounting to P1.39 billion, or equivalent to 37% and 41% increases, respectively. Meanwhile, the LANDBANK i-Access, which provides 24/7 online banking services to individual retail clients, logged a total of 879,483 transactions with a total value of P2.28 billion representing an 83% growth rate. LANDBANK we-Access, which caters to the online banking needs of corporate clients, facilitated 2,740,611 transactions amounting to P70.33 billion. For more information about LANDBANK’s e-Banking products and services, clients may visit the Bank’s official website (www.landbank.com), or follow the Bank’s official social media channels at @landbankofficial on Facebook and Instagram, @LBP_Official on Twitter, and @LANDBANK on Viber.

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LANDBANK retail treasury bond sales reach P124.39-B

State-run Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) generated a total of P124.39 billion in sales for the recently concluded Retail Treasury Bonds Tranche 25 (RTB-25) offering. This accounts for 27% of the total P463.32 billion raised by the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr). LANDBANK sales were composed of P78.82 billion in new money and P45.57 billion through the switch offer, where holders of previously issued bonds exchanged their holdings for RTB-25. A total of P78.80 billion from the new sales were facilitated via over-the-counter placements at LANDBANK branches while P20.17 million was transacted through the Bank’s online channels. LANDBANK’s Link.BizPortal via the BTr’s Online Ordering Facility processed P11.89 million of the P20.17 million online sales. The remaining P8.28 million was transacted using the bond purchase feature in the mobile banking application of the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank), the digital-only branchless bank subsidiary of LANDBANK. “Despite being a universal bank, LANDBANK is also a retail bank that serves the diverse needs of retail investors for affordable and low-risk investment instruments. We will continue to support the National Government’s financing strategy by making government securities more accessible, including to Filipinos abroad,” LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo said. The offer period for RTB-25 began on February 9, 2021 and closed as scheduled on March 4. The three-year issuance carried a coupon rate of 2.375% per annum. The total P463.32 billion raised from the bond offer is more than 15 times oversubscribed from the initial issue size of P30 billion. Proceeds from the issuance will partially fund the government’s national budget for 2021 to support programs aimed at strengthening the Philippine healthcare system and help accelerate economic recovery against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. LANDBANK is the Joint Lead Issue Manager for the RTB-25 offering. For more updates, please Follow, Like and Share the official LANDBANK Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts (@landbankofficial), Twitter (@LBP_Official), and join our Viber community (@LANDBANK), or visit the LANDBANK website (www.landbank.com).

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Statement on the vehicular accident involving the LANDBANK EDSA Congressional Branch

The LANDBANK EDSA Congressional Branch will temporarily be closed due to a vehicular accident on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, until further notice. At around 7:30AM, a sport utility vehicle (SUV), driven by a Bank client who withdrew cash from the ATM of the Branch, accidentally accelerated the engine of her vehicle and sped directly inside the premises of the LANDBANK EDSA Congressional Branch in Quezon City. The accident resulted to two (2) Bank employees sustaining minor injuries, who were rushed to the nearest hospital for immediate medical treatment. Meanwhile, the driver was unharmed. Bank facilities were also damaged, warranting a temporary closure. As the incident happened before the start of banking hours, there were no clients at the Branch at that time except for employees who were preparing for work. The incident is already being investigated by the Quezon City Traffic Management Division. For the meantime, clients and account holders of the Branch can visit the following nearest alternative branches for their transactions: Elliptical Road Branch: DA-BSWM Compound, Elliptical Rd., Quezon City West Avenue Branch: No. 47, Ground Floor, Brgy. Paltok, West Avenue, Quezon City North Avenue Branch: Sugar Regulatory Administration Building, North Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City Caloocan Branch: #151 Samson Road, Caloocan City, Metro Manila We assure the public and the clients of EDSA Congressional Branch that LANDBANK will continue to serve and respond to their banking needs.

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LANDBANK opens P15-B loan window to boost pork supply

To support the local hog industry amid threats from the African Swine Fever outbreak, the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) has launched a new lending program to assist hog raisers in sustaining and increasing pork production. During the program launch and signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between LANDBANK and the Department of Agriculture (DA) at the DA-Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) Convention Hall in Quezon City on March 17, 2021, the state-run bank said it has earmarked P15 billion for the SWINE (Special Window and Interim Support to Nurture Hog Enterprises) Lending Program. The LANDBANK SWINE Lending Program will be available for commercial hog raisers registered as cooperatives or farmers’ associations, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and large enterprises or corporations. “LANDBANK is supporting the Department of Agriculture by extending financing support to hog enterprises to sustain their operations and pork supply during this difficult time. Through the LANDBANK SWINE Lending Program, we aim to respond to the recovery requirements of our hog industry and contribute to ensuring food security,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo. Loans under the LANDBANK SWINE Lending Program shall be used for swine production, which includes the acquisition or importation of semen or breeding animals; feed milling operations; the construction, improvement or retrofitting of necessary facilities that are compliant to biosecurity protocols of DA, the industry or integrators; acquisition of fixed assets; and as working capital. Eligible borrowers may avail of a short-term loan line or a term loan for up to 80% of their total project cost or financing requirement, with an affordable fixed interest rate of 3% per annum for three (3) years, subject to annual repricing thereafter. Under the Program, short-term loans have a tenor of one (1) year, term loan for permanent working capital is payable up to five (5) years, while fixed asset acquisition is payable based on the cash flow or payback period of the project, with grace period on the principal and interest. Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar and LANDBANK President Borromeo led the MOA signing to formalize the joint implementation of the SWINE Lending Program. Witnesses from DA included Undersecretary for Livestock William C. Medrano, Undersecretary for Operations Ariel T. Cayanan, Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) OIC-Director Reildrin G. Morales, and National Livestock Program (NLP) and Agricultural Training Institute-International Training Center on Pig Husbandry (ATI- ITCPH) Director Ruth S. Miclat-Sonaco, together with LANDBANK Agricultural and Development Lending Sector Officer-In-Charge, Senior Vice President Ma. Celeste A. Burgos. Under the agreement, DA will provide the list of eligible program borrowers and assist them in the preparation of a business plan, enrollment in the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), and in securing necessary permits. The DA will also provide loan recipients trainings on biosecurity management and breeding or rearing of hogs, while engaging the services of different organizations in capability building and implementation of biosecurity protocols. LANDBANK, for its part, will accept and evaluate loan applications of eligible borrowers and facilitate the release of loan proceeds. The Bank will also monitor the performance of the Program and provide monthly reports to DA. The DA and LANDBANK will work together to promote the Program through the conduct of focus group discussions and dissemination of educational materials. The LANDBANK SWINE Lending Program will be available until December 31, 2026 in line with the Department of Agriculture’s hog re-population plan. Last February, the Bank earmarked P2 billion for its new credit offering for the fisheries sector under the LANDBANK Commercial Fishing Vessel Financing Program, aimed at assisting existing and prospective commercial fishing operators in acquiring fishing vessels for domestic or overseas use. For more information about these and other Lending Programs of the Bank, interested borrowers may contact the nearest open LANDBANK Lending Center or Branch nationwide, or call LANDBANK’s customer service hotline at (02) 8-405-7000 or at PLDT Domestic Toll Free 1-800-10-405-7000. For more updates, please Follow, Like and Share the official LANDBANK Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts (@landbankofficial), Twitter (@LBP_Official), and join our Viber community (@LANDBANK), or visit the LANDBANK website (www.landbank.com).

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Virginia Farms grows pork production thru LANDBANK

Virginia Farms Inc. in Cebu has significantly expanded its swine business operations in the last eight years backed by various loans provided by the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK). The 52-year-old company currently operates a 360-hectare farm and a pork retail chain with 51 outlets. MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – From a humble backyard venture that started in 1968, Cebu-based Virginia Farms Inc. (VFI) is now regarded as the oldest and largest integrated farm-to-pork business in Central Visayas. With its 360-hectare farm in the town of Asturias and a pork retail chain with 51 outlets, VFI has been helping address the meat requirements in Luzon since last year as pork growers there have been largely affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak. The company was able to ship a total of 10,760 hogs last year and continues to ship frozen carcasses weekly to the region. The growth of VFI, specifically in the last eight (8) years, has been supported by the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) through its Cebu North Lending Center, which financed the expansion of the company’s business operations and the construction of modern facilities. VFI President Rolando E. Tambago is optimistic that recent investments will allow the company to continue supplying Luzon with ASF-free pork. “With the current situation of the pork industry, there’s a good opportunity for us here in the Visayas to expand and meet the gap of pork supply in other areas. I hope that LANDBANK will continue to support us in our plans to expand and grow our business further, as we envision to be a major supplier of quality pork in the Philippines,” said Mr. Tambago. In 2013, VFI first availed of a term loan from LANDBANK to finance the construction of piggery buildings in its site in Asturias. The loan was also used to purchase refrigeration equipment for its pork retail chain, The Pork Shop. As the company decided to expand its piggery operations, it availed of another term loan from the Bank in 2014 to develop additional piggery houses and acquire boars and gilts to improve its genetic stock. With its growing operations expanding rapidly and retail branches opening one after another, VFI once again turned to LANDBANK in 2015 and in 2018 to finance the development of meat cutting and slaughterhouse facilities. Established in 2016, the meat cutting facility can process up to 1,000 hogs daily. Meanwhile, the modern slaughterhouse, which was inaugurated in 2019, can accommodate up to 1,000 heads per day at a processing rate of 100 heads per hour. VFI also availed of a short term loan from LANDBANK in 2020 as a working capital for the expansion of The Pork Shop. Since its inception in 2008, this retail business has grown significantly, with outlets now spread across Cebu, Iloilo, and Biliran. "LANDBANK remains steadfast in supporting the agriculture sector, including the recovery of our local swine industry. We will continue to extend credit assistance to hog raisers as we contribute to ensuring food security in the country," said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo.   As of end-2020, LANDBANK has extended a total of P237.62 billion in outstanding loans to the agriculture sector, with P142.75 billion representing loans to small, medium, and large agribusiness enterprises. In terms of economic activity, P37.48 billion out of the Bank’s total agriculture loan portfolio financed livestock projects, which includes P16.86 billion for the piggery industry. For more updates, please Follow, Like and Share the official LANDBANK Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts (@landbankofficial), Twitter (@LBP_Official), and join our Viber community (@LANDBANK), or visit the LANDBANK website (www.landbank.com).

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LANDBANK student loan covers gadget purchase for distance learning

State-run Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) has expanded the coverage of its direct loan program for students to cover the purchase of electronic gadgets needed for online learning. Under the enhanced I-STUDY (Interim Students’ Loan for Tuitions towards Upliftment of Education for the Development of the Youth) Lending Program, LANDBANK is now offering a loan of up to P50,000 per student to finance the purchase of learning gadgets such as laptop, desktop or tablet, that can be included in the maximum loanable amount of P150,000 per student or P300,000 per parent-borrower to cover payment for tuition or enrolment-related fees. Furthermore, students of legal age are now eligible to apply for the LANDBANK I-STUDY Program if they meet eligibility requirements. When the loan program was initially launched last year, only parents and guardians or benefactors of students could apply for the financial assistance. “LANDBANK recognizes the need to support students in adapting to distance learning modalities. While we await the resumption of in-person classes, we hope that the I-STUDY Program can help students cover the financial requirements to purchase needed learning equipment and participate in online classes,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo. The LANDBANK move to expand the I-STUDY credit facility comes at the heels of recent government pronouncements for the continued implementation of distance learning as a measure against the spread of COVID-19. The enhancement of the I-STUDY Program also includes the increase in maximum age eligibility of students from 30 years old to 50 years old; inclusion of scholar students whose scholarships do not fully cover their tuition fees; and the coverage of non-scholar students from private pre-school, primary and secondary schools. Meanwhile, LANDBANK has approved as of February 16, 2021 loans amounting to P531.5 million to 16 educational institutions through the ACADEME (ACcess to Academic Development to Empower the Masses towards Endless Opportunities) Lending Program. The Program aims to boost the capacity of private academic institutions to implement a ‘study now, pay later’ scheme for its students. The ACADEME Lending Program forms part of the Bank’s support to the education sector which offers credit to private and non-DepEd high schools, private Technical-Vocational and Education Training (TVET) institutions, and private Higher Education Institutions (HEls) such as colleges and universities to provide continuing education to their students. The program offers the ‘3-3-3’ feature, with a P3-billion-program fund in credit support, a very low fixed interest rate of only 3% per annum, and payable based on the maturity of the sub-promissory notes but not to exceed three (3) years. For more details about the features and application requirements of the I-STUDY and ACADEME lending programs, contact the LANDBANK Programs Management Department II at (02) 8405-7198. For more information about LANDBANK’s other loan products, clients may visit the Bank’s official website (www.landbank.com), or follow the Bank’s official social media channels at @landbankofficial on Facebook and Instagram, @LBP_Official on Twitter, and @LANDBANK on Viber.

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LANDBANK lends P6.95B to MSMEs, co-ops for COVID-19 relief

The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) has approved loans totaling P6.95 billion for 227 borrowers composed mostly of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and cooperatives that are affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the I-RESCUE (Interim REhabilitation Support to Cushion Unfavorably affected Enterprises by Covid-19) Lending Program, LANDBANK has released P5.28 billion of the total P6.95 billion for the benefit of 208 borrowers, composed of 167 MSMEs, 34 cooperatives, four (4) microfinance institutions (MFIs), and three (3) large corporations as of end-January 2021. Launched in April 2020 at the height of strict quarantine lockdowns, the I-RESCUE Lending Program was designed in support of Republic Act 11494 or the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2)” to provide credit and loan restructuring under more flexible terms and conditions to MSMEs, MFIs, and cooperatives. LANDBANK recently expanded the coverage of the Program to allow more borrowers affected by the pandemic to avail of credit and loan restructuring assistance. The I-RESCUE Lending Program now allows micro enterprises and large corporations to borrow a maximum of 85% of their emergency or permanent working capital requirement. Terms are set at an affordable interest rate of 5% per annum for three (3) years, subject to annual re-pricing thereafter, and payable up to 10 years with a maximum of two (2) years grace period on the principal repayment. Moreover, LANDBANK is currently working on expanding the I-RESCUE Program further to offer a new sub-credit facility for MSMEs, cooperatives, and self-employed individuals severely affected by the health crisis. Qualified borrowers may soon be able to borrow a minimum amount of P100,000 or up to 85% of their actual permanent working capital requirement, at a lower fixed interest rate of 3% per annum only, payable up to three (3) years. “We are enhancing the I-RESCUE Lending Program to cover a wider range of key industries that need greater access to credit. LANDBANK is keeping in step with emerging requirements under the new normal in support of the country’s ongoing economic recovery,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo. Existing LANDBANK clients may also avail of loan restructuring via additional loan and extended repayment period or combination of means to rehabilitate and restore operational cash flow. The LANDBANK I-RESCUE Lending Program is available until December 31, 2022. Interested borrowers may contact the nearest open LANDBANK Lending Center or Branch nationwide or call LANDBANK’s customer service hotline at (02) 8-405-7000 or at PLDT Domestic Toll Free 1-800-10-405-7000. For more updates, please Follow, Like and Share the official LANDBANK Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts (@landbankofficial), Twitter (@LBP_Official), and join our Viber community (@LANDBANK), or visit the LANDBANK website (www.landbank.com).

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