FPAZ livelihood training goes to Tictapul PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 16:30

The Food Processors Association of Zamboanga (FPAZ) and the USAID held another livelihood training involving 40 youths of Barangay Tictapul last week.
The 40 youths participated in a one-week fish processing course.

Edsel Mari Acuña, FPAZ president and Councilor Miguel “Mike” Alavar III, FPAZ vice president, were impressed with the participant’ active response and positive attitude which made them learn what the trainers lectured and demonstrated during the training.

Alavar said that FPAZ gained support from the barangay council of Tictapul led by Chairman Anastacio Cabayacruz who warmly welcomed them in their place.
During the week-long course, Alavar recalled that the participants learned the right way of processing Spanish style sardines, rellenong bangus, deboning of fish and many others.

Participants thanked FPAZ, Alavar and USAID for show of concern in impartingknowledge on fish processing for them to start a small business out of what they learned in the training.

They said that FPAZ has a unique style of helping the people as their training involves food processing up to marketing.
“We have been waiting for the FPAZ to make our place the venue of training after we learned that they are teaching residents the different modes of fish processing and we are very happy to be with them in this training. We will make sure we will use the skills we acquired from the short course,” said one of the participants.

“Aside from the training, we also gave the participants start-up kit composed of kitchen tools that are very helpful to them when they go on fish processing,” Alavar said.

The councilor revealed that there will be more training schedules in other places as the group will continue to receive requests from the different barangays and places outside the city.

“As I have been telling before, we in the FPAZ don’t choose places where to bring free livelihood training. We go as far as we can as I believe that true public service is for everybody,” Alavar added. — Dan Toribio Jr.