GOV’T INSURER BARES PROGRAMS TO BADJAOS IN CEBU
INSURANCE PROGRAM. Some members of the Badjao community in Cebu City recite a prayer in their dialect at the start of the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp.-Central Visayas orientation program. (Photo by Luel Galarpe)
CEBU CITY – The Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. in Central Visayas (PCIC-7) introduced and offered its programs and policies to the Badjao community on Friday at the Barangay Mambaling Gym, this city.
Maria Carisa Adriatico, PCIC-7 Underwriter I and Indigenous People (IP) focal person for Cebu, said the main focus of the event was to inform the Badjaos about the insurance policy for the 12 fiberglass boats provided by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to the community last year.
“We are here to introduce our programs applicable to the Badjaos, but our main focus is to discuss the insurance of the BFAR fishing boats,” Adriatico told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
She said each of the PHP40,000 fiberglass boat is insured for PHP36,000 in the event the motorized fishing vessel gets lost, sunk, or damaged due to natural disasters or accidents.
Badjao fishermen can avail of the insurance money provided they were fishing within city or municipal waters during the mishap or calamity.
“This is under our Non-Crop Agricultural Asset Insurance, which provides support services to all our agri-fishery stakeholders. We make sure that every farmer’s or fisherman’s livelihood is protected, secured, and insured,” said Adriatico.
The PCIC-7 also introduced its credit and life term insurance packages to the more than 20 Badjaos who attended the orientation program.
Adriatico said they also encouraged the indigenous community to go into backyard livestock raising and seaweed farming to supplement their means of livelihood.
Some barangay officials and Badjao-speaking National Commission on Indigenous People personnel were also on hand during the affair to help the Badjaos fully understand the PCIC insurance programs.
Adriatico said the PCIC has PHP286 million worth of premium for agri-fishery stakeholders in the Central Visayas region.
Last month, the PCIC-7 also introduced its programs to the Ati Tribe in the City of Naga, Cebu.
“It is our mandate that every program of the Duterte administration would reach its intended beneficiaries,” Adriatico said. (PNA)