ATI Inks MOA with PCIC for Agricultural Insurance Program

QUEZON CITY ---  To help attain food self-sufficiency in the country, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) recently forged a partnership with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) to extend coverage to all members of rural-based organizations (RBOs) in the country.
 
The said Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is to specifically provide accident and dismemberment insurance protection to the members of the RBOs particularly those trained by the ATI in extension delivery system for agriculture and fisheries under the PCIC's Term Life Insurance Program. This includes the farmers, fishers, Rural Improvement Clubs (RICs), 4-H Clubs and other agricultural extension workers that can significantly contribute in the National Government's Food Self-Sufficiency Program.
 
Dubbed as the "DA-ATI-PCIC Insurance Partnership", the MOA stipulated the responsibilities of each party aside from the provision of insurance to the RBO members. Each party committed to ensure the successful implementation of the agricultural insurance programs that would benefit the agriculture and fisheries sector as a whole. This includes the PCIC's participation in the ATI's Farmers' Field School activities, conduct of trainings on agricultural insurance to the ATI employees, information dissemination activities to promote the agri-insurance products and services and the regular monitoring of the said program implementation.

The PCIC is a government-owned and controlled corporation established by virtue of Presidential Decree (PD) 1467 in 1978, which later on amended by PD 1733 in 1980 and further amended by Republic Act 8175 in 1997 as the implementing agency of the Philippine Government's agricultural insurance program.
 
As an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture, PCIC is mandated to provide insurance protection to farmers against losses arising from natural calamities, plant diseases and pest infestations of crops. It also provides insurance protection against damage to or loss of non-crop agricultural assets including but not limited to farm machineries and equipment, transport facilities and other related infrastructures due to perils insured against.
 
With this partnership, the ATI acts as the PCIC's partner in the implementation of the agricultural insurance program in the country. (Beatriz A. Yanga)