MANILA (PNA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development
(DSWD) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Association of
Flour Millers (PAFMIL) Inc., and the Chamber of Philippine Flour
Millers (CHAMPFLOUR) launching the "Tinapay ng Bayan" livelihood
training program for the out-of-school youth (OSY) members of the
Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines. (PYAP).
DSWD Undersecretary Luwalhati F. Pablo who signed the MOA on the
"Tinapay ng Bayan" project said that "the project will address the
challenges of providing development programs for OSYs, at the same
time, boosting the accelerated hunger mitigation program of the
government which includes increased food production."
Some 22 out-of-school youths from Makati City were the first graduates
of the project which coincided with the signing of the MOA held at the
Philippine Foremost Milling Corporation, Tondo, Manila.
Aside from the National Capital Region (NCR), the "Tinapay ng Bayan"
project will also be implemented for the PYAP members in Region VI
(Iloilo City, Western Visayas) and Region XI (Davao City).
In Region VI, the project was launched at the Philippine Foremost
Milling Corporation Training Center at Jalandoni Street, Lapaz, Iloilo
Some 25 OSYs, 15 from Janiuay, and 10 from Iloilo City were trained on
bread making from July 21 until August 1, 2008.
DSWD Regional Director Teresita S. Rosales said that the DSWD will
provide the OSYs with capital assistance after the training through
the Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) program.
They will also undergo training on Basic Business Development to be
administered by a DSWD Regional Project Development Officer.
On the other hand, the Iloilo City Social Welfare and Development
Office will provide an area for the bakers and the needed equipments
for the bakery. The products may be sold in Tindahan Natin outlets.
Mayor Bienvenido P. Margarico said, "we are currently coordinating
with our municipal engineers to determine the budget needed for the
construction of the bakery for the OSYs."
The "Tinapay ng Bayan" project aims to sustain the training of
out-of-school youths of the Pag-asa Youth Association of the
Philippines as professional bakers. (PNA)