Aboitiz Foundation, Pilmico, and TESDA Women’s Center team up for a new business training facility

Anna Carreon | August 24, 2018

Aboitiz Foundation, through Pilmico, has partnered with the TESDA Women’s Center to put up a business innovation center at the government agency’s compound in Taguig City.

The business innovation center will be a 500 square-meter space will be for aspiring bakery business owners to learn bread and pastry production. It will include a training facility fitted with up-to-date bakery equipment, a lecture room, and a café.


The partnership was formalized through a memorandum of agreement (MOA) signing ceremony attended by Apol B. Castro, VP Corporate Strategy and Business Development of Pilmico, Maribeth L. Marasigan, FVP & COO of Aboitiz Foundation, Sec. Gene A. Mamondiong, TESDA Director General, Rosanna A. Urdaneta, TESDA Deputy Director General for Policies & Planning, Marissa G. Legazpi, TESDA NCR Acting Regional Director, and William Paradies, COO – Flour and Farms of Pilmico, at the TESDA Women’s Center on 24 August.


The TESDA Women’s Center’s objective of empowering women and youth coincides with our vision to provide sustainable livelihoods to the community.

–Apol Castro
VP for Corporate Strategy and Business Development


The facility will be aptly named “Wooden Spoon” after Pilmico’s flagship flour brand and is estimated to cost about PHP6 million. The entire outfitting and design budget of the space is PHP3.6 million, with PHP2.2 million dedicated to baking equipment.

MLM signingAs trees and wood symbolize nourishment, liveliness, and unity, WOODEN SPOON will be more than a training center. It will be more than a facility of baking, brewing, and cooking equipment and tools. We envision this to be a facility of innovation and collaboration as we in the Aboitiz Group also deeply values innovation and teamwork.

–Maribeth Marasigan
Aboitiz Foundation

TESDA Women’s Center prioritizes women enrollees and goes by a 9:1 ratio of women-to-men in the classes to be held in the facility. In addition, the facility will also be used as Pilmico’s new training center will welcome the company’s customers and other stakeholders.

The Wooden Spoon business innovation center is expected to be finished by October.


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