P.D. No. 544 : PHILIPPINE LAWS, STATUTES and CODES : CHAN ROBLES VIRTUAL LAW LIBRARY
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PRESIDENTIAL DECREE No. 544 August 22, 1974
AMENDING RA NO. 6390 ENTITLED "AN ACT TO ACCELERATE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGRARIAN REFORM PROGRAM BY CREATING AN AGRARIAN REFORM SPECIAL ACCOUNT IN THE GENERAL FUND, PROVIDING THE NECESSARY FUNDS THEREFORE, AND FOR THE OTHER PURPOSES"
WHEREAS, it is the policy of Government to increase food production as well as the income of agrarian reform beneficiaries;
WHEREAS, agrarian reform beneficiaries are now being encouraged to engage in the production of multiple crop and in agricultural projects in order to maximize the utilization of their available land and labor resources;
WHEREAS, rural banks, the Philippine National Bank and other financing institutions operating in rural areas are ideal outlets for the granting under supervised credit of the necessary loans to finance the multiple crops/projects of agrarian reform beneficiaries;
WHEREAS, under supervised credit, the amount of loans granted by rural banks and other financing institutions to their borrowers is determined by the actual needs and viability of the projects to be financed and the repayment capacity of the borrowers; and
WHEREAS, the P5,000 maximum loan they may be granted at any one time to a farmer-borrower as provided under Section 16 of Republic Act No. 6390, is no longer realistic in view of the rising cost of production inputs such as fertilizers, feeds, pesticides, medicines, etc.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, by virtue of the powers in me vested by the Constitution and in order to help effect the desired changes and reforms in the social and economic structure of our society, do hereby order and decree the amendment of Republic Act No. 6390, as amended, as follows:
Section 1. The first paragraph of Section sixteen of Republic Act Numbered Six Thousand Three Hundred Ninety, as amended, is hereby amended to read as follows:
"Privileges and limitation of Rural Banks. The total amount of loans that may be granted at any one time to a single borrower under the preceding section shall be determined by the actual need and viability of the project to be financed and the capacity of the borrower to repay the loan at interest not exceeding twelve per cent per annum, excluding service fees and other charges."
Sec. 2. The same act is hereby amended by adding the following section immediately after section seventeen thereof, which shall read as follows:
"Sec. 17-A. Applicability to Other Financing Institutions. All privileges extended to rural banks under this Act, including guarantee coverage under the Agricultural Guarantee Fund, may likewise apply to the Philippine National Bank and other financing institutions granting loans under supervised credit to agrarian reform beneficiaries."
Sec. 3. All Acts and part of Acts inconsistent with the provisions of this Decree are hereby repealed, amended or modified.
Sec. 4. This Decree shall take effect immediately.
DONE in the City of Manila, this 22nd day of August, in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and seventy-four.