House Bill 6686 seeks to amend Section 14 of Republic Act 9700 or the CARP Law to provide insurance to CARP beneficiaries who lost their crops to typhoons, flood, drought, earthquake, volcanic eruption and pest infestation, among others. Jun Elias/File

House OKs grant of crop insurance to farmers
Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) - February 5, 2018 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to grant crop insurance to farmer-beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) affected by natural calamities. 

House Bill 6686 seeks to amend Section 14 of Republic Act 9700 or the CARP Law to provide insurance to CARP beneficiaries who lost their crops to typhoons, flood, drought, earthquake, volcanic eruption and pest infestation, among others. 

Under the bill, those who plant rice, corn, sugarcane, coconut and tobacco as well as those in the aquaculture and livestock industries and non-crop agricultural assets can avail themselves of the insurance.  

The proposed measure mandates the Department of Agrarian Reform in coordination with the Landbank of the Philippines to submit to the Department of Agriculture the list of qualified agrarian reform beneficiaries and leaseholders to be included in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture.

The initial funding will come from the annual budget of the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp.

A congressional oversight committee will be created to monitor the implementation of the measure.

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