Bataan palay farmers Godofredo Magpoc (leftmost), Danilo Zulueta (upper right), and Roberto Morales (lower right) reap the benefits of financial assistance from the Expanded Rice Credit Assistance under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ERCA-RCEF) Program of Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the production requirements of their rice fields.
BATAAN – For the past 37 years, Godofredo Magpoc has provided for his family by growing different varieties of palay in his 2-hectare farm in Orion town. But with the recent decline in palay prices affecting his income, raising capital to sustain his livelihood has become a challenge.
“Sa panahon ngayon, lubhang napakahirap para sa isang magsasaka ang mawalan ng puhunan. Kaya naman napipilitan humiram sa patubuan (informal lenders),” Magpoc said.
In December 2019, Magpoc learned about the Expanded Rice Credit Assistance under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ERCA-RCEF) Program of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) and the Department of Agriculture (DA). This credit facility aims to boost the productivity and income of small rice farmers, and cushion the initial impact of Republic Act No. 11203, also known as the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL).
Under the ERCA-RCEF, individual farmers may borrow up to 90% of the total project cost—at a fixed interest rate of 2% per annum—for the purchase of farm inputs for rice and rice seed production, and acquisition of farm machineries and equipment for production and post-production.
Magpoc successfully applied for a loan of P78,500.00 from LANDBANK, which he used to purchase farm inputs and hire additional farm workers. Since availing of the ERCA-RCEF Program, he has seen an increase in yield of about 30-40 cavans of rice every harvest season. He will be availing his fourth loan under the Program this May 2021.
“In partnership with the Department of Agriculture, LANDBANK remains focused on delivering responsive financial services most especially to rice farmers and cooperatives. Through the ERCA-RCEF Program, we aim to increase their productivity and income through timely and accessible financial assistance,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo.
Like Magpoc, palay farmer Danilo Zulueta from the Municipality of Pilar, also enjoyed the benefits of the ERCA-RCEF Program. A farmer for the past 20 years, he was granted a loan of P61,500.00 last December 2020 to support his 1.5-hectare rice field, which he used for land preparation, and to buy fertilizers and pesticides.
“Malaki ang naitulong ng pautang ng LANDBANK at DA. Dahil sa sapat na puhunan, nakapagpatanim ako ng naaayon sa bilang ng araw ng punla at nakapagsabog ng abono (fertilizer) sa tamang panahon. Dahil dito, naniniwala akong magkakaroon ako ng masaganang ani at siyempre, magkakaroon ng karagdagang kita,” said Zulueta.
For Roberto Morales, another palay farmer from Balanga City, the ERCA-RCEF Program is the best alternative from informal lenders who charge higher interest rates. Under the Program, LANDBANK granted him a loan of P82,000.00 in December 2019 which he used as additional capital to purchase fertilizers and pesticides.
“Malaki ang naitulong ng perang nahiram ko mula sa LANDBANK. Tumaas ang aking kita dahil 2% per annum lang ang interest rate ng ERCA-RCEF kumpara sa iba na may mataas na interes,” said Morales.
Continuing support for palay farmers
Under the ERCA-RCEF Program, LANDBANK has cumulatively released P1.03 billion in loans to 6,214 eligible borrowers composed of palay farmers and cooperatives as of April 30, 2021.
Most of the farmer-beneficiaries were from Region 2—particularly the rice-producing provinces of Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino—where LANDBANK assisted a total of 3,129 rice farmers and 19 cooperatives.
DA-accredited cooperatives may also borrow under the ERCA-RCEF Program for the purchase of farm inputs for rice and rice seed production as a collective operation, working capital for rice and rice seed trading, and other rice farming-related activities such as the acquisition of machineries and equipment, as well as relending and rediscounting of existing loans of small rice farmers listed in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA).
For on-lending, the interest rate is at 0% per annum with prescribed pass-on rate to end-borrowers of up to 6% per annum.
As mandated by Republic Act No. 11203, LANDBANK shall continue to administer the ERCA-RCEF Program for DA until 2024, and make available P500 million in loans annually to rice farmers registered to the RSBSA in 38 rice-producing provinces.
For more information about LANDBANK’s Lending Programs, 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.
LANDBANK turns over grains complex to Isabela LGU to support small farmers
(left photo) Isabela Governor Rodolfo T. Albano, III (center) and LANDBANK Southern Isabela Lending Center Head, Vice President Bernard Bayangos (2nd from right) lead the turn-over of a grains complex to the Provincial Government of Isabela. ECHAGUE, Isabela — The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) officially turned-over a grains complex located at Brgy. Ipil to the Provincial Government of Isabela in support of its Palay Procurement Program for small farmers. The Province is leasing the grains complex from the state-run Bank with obligations to repair, rehabilitate and upgrade the facility, including the typhoon-damaged warehouse and rice mill buildings. The grains complex is part of a P2-billion LANDBANK loan availed by the local government—of which P1 billion will be used as working capital for palay procurement, while the remaining P1 billion as standby credit for investment in equipment and machineries. “LANDBANK fully supports initiatives that provide small farmers a reliable source of income, including access to post-harvest facilities. We will also continue to service the development requirements of our local government partners towards food security, especially in the countryside,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo. Through the Palay Procurement Program, Isabela Governor Rodito Albano III aims to boost the productivity and income of small farmers in the area, by offering an assured and reasonable price for their produce while stabilizing the price of palay in the local market. Around 16,667 small rice farmers from 34 municipalities, three (3) cities, and 1,055 barangays in the Province are targeted to benefit from the Program. “Ang actual Return of Investment dito ay hindi yung kikitain ng probinsya. Ang kita ng probinsya rito ay yung tulong sa farmers, para at least stable lang yung prices. Ang pinakaimportante dito ay nakatugon tayo doon sa mga farmers,” said Gov. Rodito. LANDBANK remains the biggest lender to the agriculture sector, with loans reaching P257.94 billion as of May 2022. The agriculture loans have financed various economic activities of major players in the industry, including local government units (LGUs). While expanding its focus to assist other key sectors and industries in the country, LANDBANK remains steadfast in fulfilling its primary mandate to deliver intensified support to the agriculture sector.LEARN MORE
LANDBANK boosts presence in Laguna with new corporate center
LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo (center), Sta. Cruz Mayor Edgar S. San Luis (2nd from right), and Provincial Government of Laguna Administrator Atty. Dulce H. Rebanal (rightmost) lead the inauguration of the LANDBANK Laguna Corporate Center in Brgy. Bubukal in Sta. Cruz, Laguna on 10 June 2022. Joining them are other local government officials, LANDBANK senior officers, and the Bank’s valued customers. STA. CRUZ, Laguna – In line with its commitment to provide convenient and accessible services, the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) officially inaugurated a three-story corporate center in the Province of Laguna to serve as a one-stop shop for the banking and financing needs of local stakeholders and customers. Located in Brgy. Bubukal in Sta. Cruz, the LANDBANK Laguna Corporate Center houses the Bank’s major touchpoints and local offices to provide convenient access to a wide array of services. LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo, Sta. Cruz Mayor Edgar S. San Luis, and Provincial Government of Laguna Administrator Atty. Dulce H. Rebanal led the inauguration rites for the new corporate center on 10 June 2022. They were joined by incoming Cavinti Mayor Arrantlee R. Arroyo, incoming Paete Mayor Ronald B. Cosico, and LANDBANK Director Nancy D. Irlanda. Also present during the inauguration were LANDBANK Executive Vice Presidents Julio D. Climaco, Jr., Alex A. Lorayes, Liduvino S. Geron and Alan V. Bornas, together with Senior Vice Presidents Randolph L. Montesa, Althon C. Ferolino and Lucila E. Tesorero. “With the LANDBANK Laguna Corporate Center, we are looking forward to stepping up our support to the whole Province of Laguna. We hope that this will serve as a landmark for various economic activities and a catalyst to expand areas for collaboration in support of the Province’s key sectors,” said President and CEO Borromeo. The LANDBANK Sta. Cruz Branch on the ground floor of the building will service customers from the 26 barangays of Sta. Cruz, as well as the 176 combined barangays of the nearby municipalities of Cavinti, Kalayaan, Luisiana, Lumban, Magdalena, Majayjay, Pagsanjan, Paete, Pila, and Victoria. The second floor houses the LANDBANK Laguna Lending Center to cater to the financing requirements of local farmers and fishers, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), cooperatives, and local government units (LGUs), among others. Other LANDBANK field offices stationed in the building include the Property Valuation and Credit Information Department–Laguna, Laguna Accounting Center I, and the Field Legal Services of Laguna. The LANDBANK Laguna Corporate Center is situated in a less congested portion of the Sta. Cruz National Highway, and features a roomy interior and ample parking space to ensure a comfortable banking experience for customers. LANDBANK currently operates a total of 19 branches and one lending center in Laguna, complemented by 86 automated teller machines (ATMs), and 17 Agent Banking Partners that provide basic banking services on behalf of LANDBANK in the unbanked and underserved areas of the Province. LANDBANK is the only bank present in all 81 provinces in the Philippines, with plans for continued expansion focusing on servicing the requirements of its diverse customer base nationwide.LEARN MORE
LANDBANK Basco Branch new location allows wider support for Batanes
Batanes Vice Governor Ignacio C. Villa, LANDBANK Senior Vice President Ma. Belma T. Turla, and other local government officials welcome the LANDBANK Basco Branch to its new home at the Ground Floor of the Manpower Development Center and National Agencies Building, Provincial Capitol Compound, Brgy. Kayhuvokan, Basco, Batanes. BASCO, Batanes – The LANDBANK Basco Branch recently transferred to a new and more strategic location to provide better banking services to small farmers and fishers, cooperatives, micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), local government units (LGUs) and other customers in all six (6) municipalities and 29 barangays in Batanes. From its former location at Santana Street in Barangay Kaychanarianan, the LANDBANK Basco Branch—the first and only LANDBANK Branch in the Province—officially transferred to the Provincial Capitol Compound in Barangay Kayhuvokan at the heart of the 5th class Municipality. “Through the LANDBANK Basco Branch, we will continue to intensify our support for the development requirements of Batanes. We are one with the Provincial Government in advancing inclusive and sustainable growth in the province,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo. Batanes Vice Governor Ignacio C. Villa and LANDBANK Senior Vice President Ma. Belma T. Turla led the inauguration of the Branch in its new location on 06 June 2022. They were joined by Mahatao Mayor Pedro F. Poncio, Ivana Mayor Leonardo V. Hostallero, Itbayat Mayor Ronald V. Gutierrez, Sabtang Mayor Marcial Armando A. Alavado, Basco Vice Mayor German A. Caccam and LANDBANK Basco Branch Head Joseph L. Caliguiran. The LANDBANK Basco Branch will also cater to almost 1,500 beneficiaries of the Conditional and Unconditional Cash Transfer (CCT/UCT) Programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), with two (2) Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and one (1) Cash Deposit Machine onsite. LANDBANK also has three (3) Agent Banking Partners (ABP) covering the neighboring Municipalities of Sabtang, Itbayat, Uyugan, and Ivana to facilitate point-of-sale (POS) cash-out services on behalf of the Bank. Opening of deposit accounts in the LANDBANK Basco Branch is also made easier and more convenient with the Bank’s Digital Onboarding System (DOBS), which reduces account opening time to 15 minutes or less. “Sana ay ipagpatuloy ng LANDBANK ang suporta sa SMEs, farmers and fishermen, para sa tuloy-tuloy na pagpapaunlad ng ating kanayunan,” said Basco Vice Mayor German A. Caccam. The relocation of LANDBANK Basco Branch follows the recent inauguration of the new LANDBANK Real Branch in the Province of Quezon, the latest addition to the Bank’s network of 607 branches and 58 lending centers. The continued expansion of LANDBANK’s physical touchpoints underscores the Bank’s commitment of bringing banking services closer to unbanked and underserved areas nationwide, as part of its intensified efforts in advancing financial inclusion and in serving the nation.LEARN MORE