TACLOBAN CITY- About 30 individuals will have a privilege for a nine-day training on culinary sponsored by a US-based Waraynon Initiative Network(WIN).
The culinary training, dubbed as breadwinner project, started on Monday (July 1).
The 30 individuals, who were earlier chosen by the organizer and their partners, will be trained by some of the country’s best known chiefs, among them is Derick Anido who is also the corporate auditor of WIN.
According to Anido, the program will be held over the course of 9 days in the afternoon with the volunteer chef trainors to impart basic culinary skills related to kitchen meal preparation and pastry making/ bread making.
He added that the over-all objective of the project is to meet the growing need for a skilled workforce through a job skills training for the people of Tacloban or even the whole region.
“The food industry here in Tacloban City is booming but we lack cooks to meet the growing demand. The demand of cooks and chiefs are really tremendous,” Anido said.
Among the partners of this undertaking are the Rotary Club of Kandaya -Tacloban, Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry- Leyte-Tacloban Inc., ACLC College, Petron Gasul (CarbertMarketing – Tacloban) and the An Waray party-list.
Aside from Anido, the other chiefs who will help the trainees are Manly Bayona, Richiel Marie Mendoza Canares, Sherry Go and Angie Arinto Pariña.
Neil Colinayo, WIN’s chairman of the board, said that they hope that with the training, they could not only produce more skilled cooks but have more of them in the city and other parts of the region.
He added that with the trainees being handled by some of the country’s well-known chiefs, they could gain more skills in cooking, even in artistic way.
After the training, these trainees are also expected to conduct their own training, this way, it could be sustainable, the organizers said.
At the culmination of the training, the participants will present a showcase of their work to local restaurateurs through the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Tacloban who could potentially employ them on the spot.
Businessman Wilson Uy, whose family owns a hotel, said that he welcome this program saying this could not only help improve the skills of the chiefs in the city but encourage more to join the industry. (LIZBETH ANN A.ABELLA, JOEY A.GABIETA)