Maricar Bautista,Amy Chua | June 11, 2018
It won’t be long before a new bakery rises inside the Malacañang Park. And their most important VIP customer? None other than President Rodrigo Duterte.
Just recently, the Aboitiz Foundation partnered with the Presidential Security Group to help provide sustainable livelihood and income opportunities to members of the PSG Enlisted Personnel Ladies Club. They are the wives of PSG personnel who underwent week-long bakery training conducted by Pilmico Foods Corporation, the food subsidiary of Aboitiz Equity Ventures.
Under the “PAGKAIN (Pagbabago ay Gawin, Kabuhayang Pang-Agrikultura Iaalay Natin) Biyaya ng Pagbabago Bakery Livelihood Program,” the beneficiaries will learn how to bake bread, cakes, cookies, make noodles, dough and a lot, lot more. About 15 members of the PSG EP Ladies Club were part of the first batch of trainees.
Theresa Eyana who’s married to a canine trainer in PSG admits she doesn’t know how to bake. But just after a week of training, she has now gained confidence and can’t wait to get her hands on baking utensils to bake birthday cakes for her 3 children.
“Siyempre po nakaka-proud po at gusto ko ng i-practice yung natutunan ko. Sabi ko sa husband ko ibili nya na ako ng oven atsaka po ng mixer para makapag-practice na po ako (Of course I feel proud and am eager to practice what I’ve learned. I told my husband to buy me an oven and a mixer so I can already practice),” Eyana said.
Since the members of the Ladies Club will be operating the bakery, they were also taught how to do costing for the food they’ll be baking. “This is important especially if they’re going to run a business. They need to know the costs involved in their breads, in their cakes, with their electricity costs, the rentals…everything,” Pilmico Bakery Technician Wilburt Wong said.
A bakery livelihood kit will be donated by the Aboitiz Group to the PSG. This includes baking equipment, such as 2-Deck Oven, Spiral Mixer, Cake Mixer, Loaf Slicer, Cooking Rack, display chiller, chest-type freezer and initial supply of flour and bakery ingredients.
For 55-year old Maria Fe Tolentino, one of the beneficiaries, she would like to share whatever she learned from the training with the other members of the PSG EP Ladies Club. “Dito po sa natutunan ko malaking tulong po sa akin lalo na sa aking pamilya at i-spread ko po ito sa mga ladies ng PSG para malaking tulong din po ito sa kanila, ito’y mai-share din namin sa mga walang trabaho na misis (What I learned greatly helped me, especially my family. I will share it with the other ladies of PSG so they can benefit from it, and also share it with other unemployed wives),” Tolentino said.
The earnings of the bakery will be shared among the members of the Ladies Club. “Magkakaroon po kami ng cooperative so hihingi po kami ng share sa mga member para yun ang gagamitin naming puhunan para sa bakery. So kung ano man po ang kikitain namin, magbe-benefit po yung bawat member (We will have a cooperative so we will be asking for share from the PSG EP Ladies Club members and we will use it as capital for the bakery. So whatever we will earn, each member will benefit from it.),” Eyana said.
It has been a long-standing advocacy of the Aboitiz group to nurture the talent, skills, and knowledge of fellow Filipinos so they may become productive citizens of our society.
The Aboitiz Group’s support for this project is a manifestation of our promise to advance business and communities. We are proud to partner with the government to help co-create safe, empowered, and sustainable communities nationwide.
FVP & COO