Ice comes to poor fishing communities via Palamigan social enterprise

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Posted at Oct 10 2018 07:32 PM | Updated as of Oct 10 2018 07:39 PM

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MANILA - An enterprise that helps agricultural and fishing communities set up small ice plants was recently recognized by the Bank of the Philippine Islands Foundation. 

BPI gave gave a Sinag Award to Palamigan company, which provides small ice plants costing just a fraction of conventional industrial ice machines to communities around the Philippines. 

Rodmark Ruschi Barriga, owner of Palamigan Company, said they saw the need for ice plants in small communities to help fishermen keep their catch fresh, and farmers preserve store their produce. 

"They need ice to survive. When they catch fish they only have about 4 hours to get rid of the catch until it spoils," said Barriga. But with ice, fish can be kept fresh for up to 7 days, he said. 

Barriga intends to use the P500,000 grant from BPI Foundation to boost Palamigan's manufacturing capacity.