The first batch of Davao bakers for the TESDA NC II Training on Baking and Pastry were confirmed as graduates and earned their National Certificate (NC) II.
The group of 25 bakers celebrated the occasion on January 30 at the Grand Men Seng Hotel. The training was sponsored by Aboitiz Foundation, in partnership with Davao Light and Power Co., TESDA-Davao and the Philippine Baking Institute. The bakers are from three partner cooperatives, namely Davao Ecoland Small Entrepreneurs Multipurpose Cooperative (DESEMULCO), Association of Differently Abled Persons (ADAP) Multipurpose Cooperative, and Sunshine Farmers and Community Multipurpose Cooperative.
For 10 consecutive Saturdays, the bakers were required to attend the baking class and were tasked to produce actual output for the day, ranging from simple bread and rolls to cake baking, decoration and presentation.
Margarita Pulleda, Chairperson of DESEMULCO and one of the graduates, shared her experiences during the training. She recalled that most of the participants didn’t have the opportunity to graduate and get any certification, and that wearing a toga and having a graduation ceremony is a dream come true. The bakers expressed their sincerest gratitude to Aboitiz Foundation as it continues to support and give opportunities to all its partner cooperatives.
Nestor Tabada, TESDA-Davao Provincial Director, said in his message that the NC II ensures the productivity, quality, and global competitiveness of those who hold the certificate. The graduates are now able to either get local or international employment or establish their own bakery business.