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Doña Maria Group Donates Tons of Brown Rice

SL Agritech Corporation (SLAC), the Philippines’ leading hybrid rice company and manufacturer of Doña Maria Premium Quality Rice, donated 25,000kg of Doña Maria Jasponica brown rice to different foundations, hospitals and donation networks in a bid to boost the immune system of Filipino recipients. Some of the company’s partners are GMA Kapuso Foundation, the Quezon City local government and the online food community Let’s Eat Pare.

SLAC Chairman and CEO Dr. Henry Lim believe brown rice will help improve the health of those in the frontlines and in other affected communities. According to research, brown rice contains essential phytonutrients and vitamins such as vitamins A, C and E, and selenium, all of which boost the immune system. The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) has campaigned for a change in the Filipino diet staple from white to brown rice given the latter’s health benefits.

Dr. Robert Michael Gan, an internist and endocrinologist from Metropolitan Medical Center and Makati Medical Center, is one of the many medical professionals advocating for the inclusion of brown rice in the Filipino diet. “There is a good number of articles, both locally and internationally, that underscore the health benefits of eating brown rice. Now that we are up against a pandemic, it is imperative that we have a healthy diet to boost our immune system,” notes Gan.  

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Cognizant that a healthy diet is vital in overcoming the global health crisis, Lim highlights the need to prioritize food security amid the implementation of quarantine protocols in many across the country and the resultant difficulty by many Filipinos to access food.


The philanthropist businessman through SLAC hopes to help secure food for those most impacted by COVID-19: the frontliners and vulnerable communities. With many businesses and work suspended since the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon and mobility restricted because of the lack of public transportation, underprivileged Filipinos are hard-pressed to provide for their families.

In addition to the sacks of brown rice, the company donated a total of 100,000kg of white rice to its partner organizations. It also gave away 7,000 packs of its snack food product Doña Maria Brown Rice Puff and 3,000 servings of ready-to-eat meals to different hospitals, including COVID-19 referral centers UP-Philippine General Hospital and Dr. Jose M. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital. The other SLAC beneficiaries are the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), UERM Memorial Hospital and University of Sto. Tomas Hospital.


Lim encourages everyone to rise to the occasion and show compassion to each other as members of one global village. “We at SL Agritech view ourselves as citizens of a single global village, especially in times such as this COVID-19 pandemic. We try our best to help alleviate the unfortunate conditions of our countrymen and to provide aid wherever and whenever we can. During these uncertain and challenging times, we remain committed to helping ensure food supply, especially for our frontliners and our fellow Filipinos with scarce resources. Together, we can heal as one,” Lim shared.

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Last August 2019, Lim has conferred the Order of Lakandula with the rank of Marangal na Pinuno by Pres. Rodrigo Dutertefor his outstanding contributions to the improvement of the country’s economic and civic welfare. Envisioning a Philippine society with zero hunger, Lim spearheads different corporate citizenship projects such as the Rice Bucket Challenge and the Balik Biyaya program, through which SLAC is able to provide rice to more than 50,000 Filipino families.


SL Agritech Corporation (SLAC) is a leading rice provider in the Philippines. The company’s flagship line, Doña Maria Premium Quality Rice, is the best-selling premium rice brand in supermarkets.

SLAC, with a vision to uplift the lives of Filipino, stays committed to developing hybrid rice that grew well in Philippine soil.  Today, SLAC’s own Research and Development facility in Laguna produces not only premium quality rice but also high-yielding hybrid rice seed varieties such as the SL-8H, SL12H, SL20H.

Quality is also of utmost importance for SLAC. Through its integrated supply chain, SLAC ensures that the grains processed for consumer distribution come from the seeds the company has developed.

SLAC was also able to place the country in the Global Rice Map as it exports its line of Doña Maria Premium Quality Rice to different countries in Asia, the Middle East, and North America.

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  1. Michelle Anne Tumulak says:

    Thankyou for sharing po malaking tulong pa talaga to sa mga tao.❤ Godbless you Doña Maria Group!

  2. Ella Marie dellova says:

    Wow godbless po Doña Maria Group❤️❤️

  3. Dhel Manog says:

    Isang malaking pasasalamat sa Doña Maria Group isang malaking tulong ang pagdodonate nyo ng brown rice.Napakabuti nyo.Godbless

  4. Jeanalyn Arador says:

    Brown rice po talaga is the best,f of vitamins and nutrients. Highly recommended po lalo na sa mga frontliners and matatanda Thank you for sharing po. Godbless. ♥️

  5. Jeanalyn Arador says:

    Brown rice po talaga is the best, full of vitamins and nutrients good for frontliners and matatanda. Thanks for sharing po. Godbless. ♥️

  6. Wow laking tulong po nito specially sa mga elders natin

    Ig nikkiepepito
    Yt nikkie pepito /
    Fb nikkie bp rosales

  7. WoW! Thank you for the kindness Doña Maria Group for the socks of rice donation i feel the bayanihan spirits..❤😊

  8. maria madonna chyrel vargas norte says:

    thank you po dahil may mga katulad nyo na willing to help. salute! <3

  9. jennielyn narciso says:

    Godbless you more malaking tulong po ito

  10. Donna Ria Mahayag says:

    maraming salamat sa Doña Maria Group at sa mga taong nakaisip ng proyektong ito, napakalaking tulong nito sa ating mamayan. god bless

  11. Kristel Yamzon says:

    Such an inspiring story. Thank you Doña Maria Group for donating brown rice. May God bless you guys.❤️😊

  12. Lheomy Manalang says:

    Rice is life.. Godbless..

  13. gaberiellecee says:

    wow,,ang galing naman. brown rice is good.

    salamat po sa bayanihan,salamat po sa walang sawang pagtulong.

  14. angeliecuna says:

    Thank you dona Maria group for your generosity.. For sure Maraming pamilya ang inyo po natutulungan.. God bless you more po..

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