The German Embassy in the Philippines has granted a rice mill to poor farmers from Barangay Tag-Alag of Marabut town,Samar.

The rice mill started successful test operations in December 2023. This was facilitated through the efforts of Leyte Center for Development(LCDe).

Currently, the rice mill is providing cheaper milling prices for “palay” as compared to the commercially owned rice mills.

Furthermore, residents of Barangay Tag-alag do not have to travel five kilometers or spend for transportation to the nearest commercially owned rice mill.

The rice mill is owned and managed by the Farmers and Fisherfolk Association of Tag-alag, which is registered with the Department of Labor and Employment(DOLE).

“We are very much thankful to LCDe who supported us to solve our problems on the high cost of rice milling, this rice mill can add to our meager income,” says Abraham Galangue, chairperson of the Farmers and Fisherfolk Association of Tag-Alag.

Minet Aguisanda-Jerusalem, LCDe director, expressed her gratitude to the German Embassy for providing a rice mill to the people of Tag-Alag.

“We would like to thank the German people, through the German Embassy in the Philippines Ambassador Plaffernoschke, for granting us this rice mill worth P 650,000. These projects are all part of LCDe’s efforts to help the government solve poverty and contribute to making poor communities disaster resilient,” she said.

“We are honored by a coming project visit from the German Ambassador in the coming weeks,” Jerusalem added. (PR)