- Increased production expected thanks to new baking equipment and refurbished room
- RAFI to assist in official registration while Pilmico will train baker inmates to widen product selection
Pilmico, in coordination with the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI), refurbished the coop bakery of Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC).
Brand new baking equipment were installed, including a two-deck oven, spiral mixer, cake mixer, bread slicer, and baking racks. Along with this, the company funded the construction materials for the renovation. The bakery expects to increase its production with their new equipment and once it obtains official registration through the help of RAFI.
The CPDRC bakery is currently managed by inmates’ cooperative, which provides them with medical assistance as well as financial help to pay for hospitalization or transportation of visiting family members. It also gives pocket money to inmates who are being discharged.
“The refurbishment and the donation of bakery equipment is a really big help to our community. We can efficiently bake our breads and we now have more to sell. We also hope to have more customers, not just people here in CPDRC but also people from the outside,” master baker Lito Granada said.
Bakery goods include pandesal, francis bread, belgium bread, donut, sakoy, binangkal, and their famous hopia. Pilmico will soon conduct bakery trainings to help them diversify their product line-up like pasalubong favorites.