LANDBANK underpins Aklan co-op’s growth to serve more farmers

The Integrated Barangays of Numancia Multi-Purpose Cooperative (IBON MPC), with support from LANDBANK, continues to expand lending operations and membership to support small farmers from Aklan and neighboring provinces.

NUMANCIA, Aklan – From a barangay-based cooperative with only 23 members and
P2,500.00 as starting capital in 2003, the Integrated Barangays of Numancia Multi-Purpose Cooperative (IBON MPC) has since transformed into a region-based development cooperative servicing the financial needs of over 7,200 farmer-members from Western Visayas.

With credit support from Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK), IBON MPC
continues to expand its lending operations, which account for nearly three-fourths of
the co-op’s income.

The IBON MPC first availed of a P1-million rediscounting loan from LANDBANK in
2006 to augment the working capital requirements of its borrowers. With operations
improving through the years, the co-op was able to bolster its borrowing capacity.
And in 2021, it successfully negotiated a renewed loan line of P60 million or 193%
higher than its initial loan 15 years ago.

LANDBANK’s continuing support allowed IBON MPC to reach and help more farmers
in Aklan and neighboring provinces by providing affordable and accessible financing
for the purchase of farm inputs, labor, and other production requirements.
The co-op’s farmer-members are no longer dependent on unfair arrangements with
local moneylenders who practice the “alili system,” where borrowers pay loans with
their produce worth over three times the borrowed amount.

“LANDBANK has always counted on cooperatives as allies on the ground to serve
small farmers and fishers, and advance development in the countryside. We remain
committed to providing cooperatives with the necessary financial assistance to help
sustain and expand their operations and ensure food security for the nation,” said
LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo.

Aside from being LANDBANK’s effective conduit in providing financial support to
small farmers, the IBON MPC has also been helping to improve the entire
agricultural value chain in the region. It is now engaged in pre- and post-harvest
services, such as land preparation, crop establishment, harvesting, drying and
milling services; trading of palay, rice and agricultural inputs; and operation of agri-
venture stores across Aklan.

The co-op also recently ventured into organic vegetable farming, chicken egg
production, native chicken raising, goat raising, and inland fish culture to provide
members with additional and alternative sources of livelihood.

“LANDBANK has provided us the capacity to sustain and expand our operations over
the years. Sa mga panahong kailangan namin ng financial resources, nandiyan sila
at madaling lapitan. I hope LANDBANK will continue to support the rural sector,
especially the small farmers and fishers,” said IBON MPC General Manager Arnulfo T.

LANDBANK continues to extend intensified support to cooperatives nationwide to
ramp up efforts and initiatives promoting inclusive and sustainable development. As
of end-June 2022, LANDBANK’s outstanding loans to the cooperative sector have
reached P59.82 billion.

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