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LANDBANK supports moratorium on ARB payments

LANDBANK welcomes the imposition of a year-long moratorium on land amortization and interest payments of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) for agricultural lands distributed under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), meant to provide financial relief to over 650,000 ARBs whose income were adversely affected by the on-going health pandemic.

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. signed on 13 September 2022 an Executive Order to freeze CARP payments for a year, thereby allowing ARBs to save and utilize funds for farm development and improved productivity.

LANDBANK serves as the collection agent of the National Government for land amortizations from ARBs, pursuant to its mandate as the financial intermediary of CARP. All collections are remitted by the Bank to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) as part of the revenue of the National Government.

Meanwhile, LANDBANK continues to offer financial assistance to ARBs and their organizations, or the Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs), through the Credit Assistance Program for Program Beneficiaries Development (CAP-PBD) for crop production, agri-enterprise or livelihood, and other agri-related projects.

LANDBANK and DAR also offer the Expanded Assistance to Restore and Install Sustainable Enterprises for Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries and Small Farm Holders (E-ARISE-ARBs) which provides a contingent credit facility to ARBOs and its members who were adversely affected by natural calamities or disasters, pest and diseases, and other viral infections or outbreaks.

LANDBANK’s combined releases under CAP-PBD and E-ARISE-ARBs have reached P720.2 million as of 30 June 2022, benefitting more than 200 ARBOs with more than 11,000 ARBs and small farm holder-members nationwide.

In partnership with DAR, LANDBANK is also addressing the credit needs of individual ARBs who are not members of an ARBO through the Accessible Funds for Delivery to ARBs (AFFORD ARBs) Lending Program. The Bank has extended loan assistance amounting to P468.6 million to more than 1,700 borrowers under the Program as of end-June 2022.

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