Consuelo Foundation’s mobile training van used by the beneficiaries for the bread and pastry production and cookery programs. (Photo courtesy of TESDA Samar)

CATBALOGAN CITY-Some 262 beneficiaries availed of the recently concluded Vocational Skills Training Program from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Samar sponsored by the Consuelo Foundation (CF).
The training program was on bread and pastry production, and cookery with a 100 percent completion rate.
The CF provided the tools, equipment, supplies and materials needed for the training.
Karen Marla Rodulfo, program director of Consuelo Foundation said, “We, at Consuelo, always find ways on how to innovate in terms of implementing our projects. That’s why we have Consuelo on wheels.”
CF goes to communities where most of the populace find it hard to go to school or have formal education.
CF consultant Carmelo Camon said, “Our intention is to come up with a formula on how our program will be sustained in the local community. The convergence with other stakeholders is to ensure that there is sustainability of the program after the training.”
“Bread and Pastries, and Cookery is a technology homegrown, this is an engagement that they can bring into a small livelihood even on their own,” Camon added.
Meanwhile, Ruthelma Samonte, chief of the Business Development Division of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Samar, said DTI and TESDA has a strong partnership.
The involvement of DTI in this endeavor is the assessment of graduates and provide them with further trainings for them to become small and medium entrepreneurs.
The multi-stakeholder collaborative efforts is in cooperation with the different Local Government Units and some government and non-government agencies concerned.
Consuelo Foundation is a US Private Foundation with a mission to promote the well-being of at-risk children, women and families in the Philippines, and likewise prevent some forms of abuses, neglect, and exploitation among these vulnerable groups. (NBQ/GMT/PIA-Samar)