LANDBANK loans to priority sectors up 20% to P721.1B in Q1

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Government-owned Land Bank of the Philippines remained aggressive in supporting small farmers, fishers, and its other priority sectors with loans amounting to P721 billion as of end-March 2019. This is higher by 20% than the P600 billion recorded in March 2018 and represents 93% of the Bank’s total loans to all sectors of P778.8 billion.

The Bank’s identified priority sectors comprise of small farmers and fishers (SFFs) - a good part of which are agrarian reform beneficiaries - MSMEs, agri- and aqua-projects of local government units (LGU) and government-owned and controlled corporations, communications, transportation, housing, education, health care, environment-related projects, tourism, and utilities.

“We at LANDBANK remain steadfast in directing support to our priority sectors, especially farmers and fishers, as we work towards making finance accessible and available to as many Filipinos as possible, especially in the countryside,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo.

The Bank’s support for the mandated sector grew by 12%, with outstanding loans to small farmers and fishers and their associations amounting to P45.3 billion as of March 2019. For the first three months of the year, LANDBANK released P13 billion in loans to the sector, benefiting 128,496 small farmers and fishers nationwide.

Loans for agriculture and fisheries also rose by 19% to P172 billion from P144.0 billion in March 2018. These include agribusiness loans which grew by 29% to P114 billion from the year-ago level of P88.5 billion. 

LANDBANK remains as a major provider of financial assistance to MSMEs, with P111.7 billion in outstanding loans to the sector as of end-March.

It is also the biggest credit provider to the LGU sector, with outstanding loans reaching P50 billion as of end-March 2019.

LANDBANK earlier reported a net income of P4.75 billion for the first quarter of 2019, higher by 12% from P4.26 billion in the same period last year. Borromeo said the Bank’s solid financial position allows it to further channel financial and technical support to farmers, fishers, and its other priority sectors, especially those in unbanked and underserved areas of the country.

In line with its commitment to reach more farmers and fishers, LANDBANK continues to expand its retail lending programs and strengthen partnerships with government agencies like the Department of Agrarian Reform and Department of Agriculture.