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Aboitiz Foundation taps TESDA to teach baking to Davao partner coops

A new memorandum of agreement with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s Davao Provincial Office will provide NC-II Training and Certification in Baking and Pastry to Aboitiz Foundation’s partner cooperatives and help diversify operations.

The MOA was signed at the Davao Light office by the foundation’s Enterprise Development Manager Jennifer Sabianan and TESDA Provincial Director Nestor S. Tabada, as witnessed by Davao Light’s EVP and COO Art Milan and Philippine Baking Institute Administrator Joan Reyes.

TESDA-accredited Philippine Baking Institute, the premier baking institute in Davao City, will train three assisted partner cooperatives in Davao, namely Association of Differently Abled Persons (ADAP) Multipurpose Cooperative, Davao Ecoland Small Entrepreneurs Multi-purpose Cooperative (DESEMULCO), and Sunshine Arba Multipurpose Cooperative (SAMPCO).

“This is a very good opportunity for our members to acquire technical skills on operating a baking business. With our baking equipment and facilities already available, the last missing piece is the technical expertise of our coop to run the business. This will surely be gained through this training,” said Geraldine Gonzaga, Chairman of ADAP Multipurpose Cooperative.

“TESDA appreciates the partnership with Davao Light and Aboitiz Foundation in providing employable technical skills training to the community, which will pave the way for these communities to be more competitive and productive,” Tabada said.

The program will pave the way for trainees to acquire general competencies to be employed not only by their coop’s bakery but also in other commercial bakeries and provide business know-how in establishing and operating their own baking small businesses in the future.