Monday, February 22, 2016

Leyte farmers get corn mill facility through DOLE-Army partnership

From the Philippine News Agency (Feb 22): Leyte farmers get corn mill facility through DOLE-Army partnership

CARIGARA, Leyte -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has turned over on Friday two corn mill facilities for farmers of Tigbao and Baruguhay Sur villages in this town.

The two corn mill facilities worth PHP540,000 will benefit about 200 farmers of Tigbao Farmers Association and Baruguhay Sur Farmers Association, including the Municipal farmers Association (MUFAC) in this town.

In the turn-over ceremony, Bernardita Navarra, chief of the DOLE Northern Leyte field office said the establishment of the corn mill facilities is the result of the approved project proposal during DOLE and Philippine Army partnership in 2015.

It can also be recalled that the Army’s 19th Infantry Battalion and Civil Military Operations Battalion’s achievement during the conduct of Bayanihan Team Activity (BTA), soldiers were proven active partners in bringing the basic and social services closer to the people.

Under this scheme, social issues are identified and are subsequently communicated to concerned government agencies for appropriate actions.

“I urged peace stakeholders to join us as we continue to organize and empower communities and indulge on long-term and sustainable solutions to the country’s perennial issue on poverty,” said Lt. Col. Roberto Sarmiento, commanding officer of the 19th Infantry Battalion.

Sarmiento thanked the DOLE for the immediate implementation of the project and urged the support of all stakeholders to sustain the peace and development as well as economic progress in Carigara town.

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