GARBEMCO manages a rubber plantation in Goodyear, Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay and is currently one of the major rubber producers in the area.
For a community of 312 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay, a 1,000-hectare plantation of rubber trees is the primary source of income and livelihood. These ARBs have established a profitable system of maintaining the rubber trees, gathering produce and selling them, thanks to the organization they formed in 1992 – the Goodyear Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GARBEMCO).
The Cooperative itself generates employment in the community. In 2018, GARBEMCO provided jobs to 321 individuals. They harvest around 600 bales of crumb rubber per week, which are packed at 33.33 kilos per bale. GARBEMCO sells these bales at P60 per kilo, mostly to the local market, and some to areas in Cebu and Cagayan de Oro.
According to GARBEMCO General Manager Lilia Manuel, the rubber plantation has been a profitable venture for the Co-op, as supplemented by other businesses including credit operations, fishpond operations, abaca production, handicraft making, consumer store, rice field rental, rice milling and trading, and hauling services.
To help the Co-op further enhance its business, LANDBANK approved a new loan on September 17, 2019 to finance its working capital requirement for rubber production, rice milling and trading, consumer store, and fishpond and abaca production. Through the years, LANDBANK has been supportive of GARBEMCO’s endeavors as the growth of the Co-op redounds to the benefit of its ARB members.
GARBEMCO and LANDBANK’s relationship can be traced back to 1995. The Co-op was still in its early years and was suffering from low production due to hectares of senile rubber trees. When the Bank extended an agricultural production loan, the Cooperative was able to rehabilitate its plantation and managed to transcend the challenges in its operations.
Another loan was extended to GARBEMCO in 2012, which the Co-op used for replanting purposes covering a total area of 238 hectares. This helped the Co-op further grow its rubber business.
From being besieged by various problems, the Cooperative has now grown and is reaping the rewards of sound operations. Apart from making the necessary reorganization in the management team, it also made efforts to improve its operational capacity through trainings on risk and capacity building, among others, under the supervision of the LANDBANK Countryside Development Foundation, Inc.
GARBEMCO General Manager Manuel said, “We are grateful to the Land Bank of the Philippines for the financial and technical assistance provided to our Cooperative to enhance and strengthen our operation. Looking forward to more fruitful years of partnership because LANDBANK indeed helped us grow!”
As the Bank aggressively expands its retail lending programs to provide farmers and fishers with direct access to credit, it continues to channel financing support to the sector through partner conduits, such as farmers’ and fishers’ cooperatives, irrigators’ associations, and countryside financial institutions.
For more information on LANDBANK’s lending programs, visit www.landbank.com or the nearest LANDBANK Lending Center.
LANDBANK cash grant payouts reach P89-B as of September
In partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) continues to deliver timely financial assistance as it released P89.45 billion in cash grants that benefitted 6.3 million lowincome families as of the first nine months of 2021. Of the total releases, P82.72 billion in cash grants were distributed to 4.4 million beneficiaries under the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program, intended to support poor households with children aged 18 years old and below. The remaining P6.73 billion was released to 1.9 million beneficiaries under the DSWD’s Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program, as part of support interventions in line with the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law. “LANDBANK remains one with the National Government in the immediate delivery of social protection interventions and much-needed financial relief to vulnerable sectors. Under the whole-of-nation approach, we work closely with the DSWD and other government partners at the forefront of extending responsive and impactful services,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo. The Bank also continues to distribute LANDBANK cash cards to CCT and UCT beneficiaries to make receiving and accessing benefits easier and more convenient. The cards can be used for cash withdrawals at LANDBANK ATMs and Agent Banking Partners, and for cashless purchases in groceries and drugstores, among others. As of 30 September 2021, LANDBANK has produced 6.4 million cash cards for this ongoing partnership, of which 4.4 million cards are already being utilized by the beneficiaries. CCT and UCT beneficiaries may also receive their benefits via over-thecounter transactions at LANDBANK branches and through various conduits. LANDBANK is relentless in fulfilling its expanded mandate as the delivery arm for the National Government’s social protection initiatives, in line with serving the Filipino people and the nation at large.LEARN MORE
Retail Treasury Bonds purchase made accessible via LANDBANK app
The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) has made investing in the Bureau of the Treasury’s (BTr) 26th tranche of Retail Treasury Bonds (RTB-26) more accessible with the LANDBANK Mobile Banking App (MBA). The RTB-26 is a five-and-a-half-year bond with a coupon rate of 4.625% per annum designed for retail investors as a low-risk and higher-yielding savings instrument. Proceeds of the offer that is expected to reach P30 billion will support the National Government’s ongoing pandemic response initiatives and priority projects, among others. Through the LANDBANK MBA, interested investors can purchase RTB-26 for as low as P5,000 and in multiples of P5,000 thereafter in as fast as five minutes. This feature is also available in the Mobile Banking App of the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank), the official digital bank of the Philippine government and a subsidiary of LANDBANK. “We are once again inviting the investing public to support the BTr’s latest Retail Treasury Bond offer now made more convenient through LANDBANK’s digital platforms. Investors can purchase this affordable and low-risk investment in five minutes, and at the same time contribute directly to advancing the country’s ongoing economic recovery,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo. Investors can also make online placements for RTB-26 through the BTr’s Online Ordering Platform then settle their payments via the LANDBANK Link.BizPortal. Over-the-counter placements are also accepted in all LANDBANK branches nationwide. The offer period for RTB-26 is until 26 November 2021, which includes a bond exchange offer where holders of Fixed-Rate Treasury Notes (FXTNs) 10-54 and 5-74 can swap their holdings for the new bond offering. The RTB-26 follows the RTB-25 issuance last March which raised P463.32 billion, of which LANDBANK generated 27% or a total of P124.39 billion. It also immediately comes after the highly successful first onshore retail dollar bond (RDB) issue in September that raised $1.6 billion for the national government, of which LANDBANK contributed US$205.27 million of total sales. LANDBANK serves as the Joint Lead Issue Manager for the RTB-26 offering, in line with promoting greater financial inclusion and inclusive national development.LEARN MORE
LANDBANK, Abra town sign P60-M loan for dev’t projects
Lagayan Mayor Edmarc L. Crisologo (2nd from left) and LANDBANK Ilocos Sur Lending Center Head Loida Arlene Ringor (3rd from left) lead the signing of a P60-million loan to finance various infrastructure projects for the Municipality. They are joined by Vice Mayor Apolinar Molina, Sr. (4th from left), Municipal Treasurer Jesus B. Dalangin (rightmost), and LANDBANK Account Officer Richard A. Refuerzo (leftmost). LAGAYAN, Abra – The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) and the Municipal Government of Lagayan in Abra province recently signed a P60-million loan to finance development projects to boost the local economy. Facilitated by the LANDBANK Ilocos Sur Lending Center, the 15-year term loan will finance the rehabilitation of a municipal road between barangays Pulot and Poblacion, to significantly improve the movement of goods and the public within the municipality. The road serves as the main route linking all four of Lagayan’s barangays and connects the town to other adjacent municipalities. The municipal road is seen to benefit Lagayan’s 4,617 residents, including 850 farmers and 625 fishers, and allows them to travel more safely and efficiently, especially when transporting agricultural goods to markets in nearby municipalities. The road will also support increased tourism activity within the municipality. Local tourist attractions in Lagayan include the caves in Mount Gaco, Lusuac Sprint Resort, and whitewater tubing or bamboo rafting near Ar-Arbis Falls. The P60-million LANDBANK term loan will also cover the purchase of a payloader to be used mainly in dredging the Palsuguan and Tineg rivers traversing Lagayan. This is part of the LGU’s efforts to prevent floods in rice fields and barangays caused by the natural build-up of debris and rising waters resulting from monsoon rains. To further control seasonal flooding, the LGU will also use part of the LANDBANK loan to put up a drainage canal system in Barangay Poblacion to improve water drainage for the health and safety of residents. “LANDBANK remains a ready and able partner of LGUs nationwide for various recovery and development initiatives. We will continue to serve local communities to spur economic activity, growth, and recovery,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo. Lagayan Mayor Edmarc L. Crisologo expressed his appreciation for LANDBANK’s financial support, which will also bankroll the construction of a Legislative Building and the rehabilitation of the municipality’s Evacuation Center to be able to accommodate more evacuees, especially during disasters. The Center will also serve as the operations hub for the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management (MDRRM). “May we continue and strengthen our partnership towards the success of every Lagayano’s dream. On behalf of my constituents, I am in deep gratitude for the helping hand extended by LANDBANK and the realization of the vision, dreams, and aspirations that Lagayanos have been longing for a long time now,” said Mayor Crisologo. As of end-October 2021, LANDBANK has extended P62.06 billion in outstanding loans to LGUs nationwide. Of this amount, P22.96 billion financed various agri-aqua projects, including P5.82 billion and P5.23 billion for transportation and health-care initiatives, respectively.LEARN MORE