The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) has approved loans totaling P20.07 billion as of April 30, 2021 to borrowers adversely affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, composed mostly of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and cooperatives.
Through the I-RESCUE (Interim REhabilitation Support to Cushion Unfavorably affected Enterprises by COVID-19) Lending Program, LANDBANK provided support to a total of 434 borrowers comprised of 292 MSMEs, 81 cooperatives, 56 large corporations, and five (5) microfinance institutions (MFIs). Of the total P20.07 billion approved loans, P18.21 billion has already been released.
In April—or exactly a year after the program was launched in April 2020—the state-run Bank doubled the program fund of the I-RESCUE Lending Program to P20 billion from P10 billion to accommodate the increasing number of loan applications.
The loan facility aims to provide credit and loan restructuring assistance to pandemic-besieged businesses under more flexible terms and conditions, and will be available until December 31, 2022.
Under the LANDBANK I-RESCUE Lending Program, MSMEs, cooperatives, MFIs and large corporations may borrow up to 85% of their emergency or permanent working capital requirement. Terms are set at an affordable interest rate of 5% per annum for three (3) years, subject to annual re-pricing thereafter, and payable up to 10 years with a maximum of two (2) years grace period on the principal repayment.
The Program also offers a sub-credit facility for MSMEs and cooperatives, as well as self-employed individuals duly registered with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), who are severely affected by the ongoing health crisis. Qualified borrowers may borrow a minimum amount of P100,000 or up to 85% of the actual permanent working capital requirement but not exceeding P3 million, at a lower fixed interest rate of 3% per annum no hard collateral and payable for up to three (3) years.
Existing LANDBANK clients may also avail of loan restructuring under the Program via additional loan and extended repayment period to rehabilitate and restore their operational cash flow.
Interested borrowers may contact the nearest open LANDBANK Lending Center or Branch nationwide or call LANDBANK’s customer service hotline at (02) 8-405-7000 or at PLDT Domestic Toll Free 1-800-10-405-7000.
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