Small rice farmers now have an alternative market for their produce as state-owned Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) announced it has approved a total of P4.3 billion in loans to allow local government units (LGUs) to purchase palay from local farmers.
Under the Bank’s “PALAY ng Lalawigan” (PAlay aLAY sa Magsasaka ng Lalawigan) Lending Program, LANDBANK said it has so far approved loans to six (6) LGUs.
The PALAY ng Lalawigan Lending Program—officially launched in October 2019—is open to municipal, city and provincial governments of palay-producing provinces. Aside from loans for palay procurement, eligible LGUs may also use the fund to acquire farm machineries and post-harvest facilities, as well as finance other rice-related activities.
As of September 23, 2020, LANDBANK has approved loans for the Provincial Government of Nueva Ecija, City Government of Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija, Provincial Government of Isabela, Municipal Government of Alicia in Isabela, Provincial Government of Tarlac, and Provincial Government of Camarines Sur.
“We are encouraging our LGUs to avail of the LANDBANK PALAY ng Lalawigan Lending Program to bankroll their direct engagement in the local rice industry value chain. It will be a big help to our local farmers whose incomes may have been affected, in one way or another, by the fluctuating farmgate prices of palay,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo.
The fund facility is LANDBANK’s answer to the government’s call to prop up the livelihood of rice farmers heavily affected by the seasonality of palay planting. Rather than sell to unscrupulous rice traders who offer very low prices, farmers can now sell their produce to the LGUs.
The loanable amount of qualified LGUs under the PALAY ng Lalawigan Lending Program shall be based on the requirement of the project but shall not be more than the Net Borrowing Capacity (NBC) of the LGU per Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) computation/certification.
Short-term loan line and permanent working capital under the program bear a fixed interest rate of 2% per annum until December 31, 2022. Term loan, on the other hand, carries an interest rate of 4% per annum until the same period, and subject to re-pricing afterward.
For more information about the LANDBANK PALAY ng Lalawigan Lending Program, interested LGUs 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.
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As of end-May 2021, LANDBANK has co-located in more than 850 PhilSys registration centers in 32 pilot provinces nationwide. Cardholders can use the LANDBANK ABCs to cash-in, cash-out, and transfer funds at any LANDBANK Branch or Agent Banking Partner. They can also withdraw cash at Mastercard-accepting ATMs, perform cashless transactions, shop online, and receive government subsidies digitally. In the future, the LANDBANK ABCs may be used as contactless cards to pay fares in public transport modes under the Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS) project of the Department of Transportation (DOTr). With its various efforts to boost financial inclusion in the country, LANDBANK is doing its share in reducing inequality, in helping to free the unbanked from poverty, and in promoting inclusive growth. Financial inclusion provides the unbanked opportunities to save, invest, and avail of affordable credit, leading towards their financial independence. 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They can withdraw from LANDBANK’s ATMs, partner cash-out agents, as well as from the ATMs of BancNet-member banks nationwide. They can also use their cards for cashless transactions through point-of-sale (POS) machines. Reaching unbanked and underserved municipalities To reach more unbanked and underserved areas, LANDBANK is also expanding its Agent Banking Program by partnering with more cooperatives, rural banks, local government units, and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), among others, to help provide basic banking services. From the Program’s full implementation in March 2020 up to May 31, 2021, LANDBANK has certified 111 Full-Suite Agent Banking Partners (ABPs) operating in 48 unbanked municipalities and 159 underserved municipalities or those without a LANDBANK branch. These ABPs facilitate POS cash-out and cash-in services, fund transfers, balance inquiries, bills payment, and account opening with electronic know-your-customer (eKYC) and issuance of LANDBANK ABCs. 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Powered by Artificial Intelligence, the LANDBANK DOBS Mobile allows interested clients to fill out application forms online, take a “selfie” and upload a valid identification card through the LANDBANK Mobile Banking App (MBA) on their mobile device. This eliminates the need to visit and line up in branches to open an account and support the government’s health protocols during this pandemic. Data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed that a basic indicator of financial inclusion for sustainable and equitable national development is ownership of an account held in banks, e-money wallets, and microfinance institutions (MFIs) used to save, send or receive remittance, as well as for income, benefits, and bills payment. In its 2019 financial inclusion survey, the BSP said only 20.9 million Filipinos or 23% of the population own an account. 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).LEARN MORE