USAID officials laud FPAZ for successful livelihood training PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:22

Officials of the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) have commended the Food Processor Association of Zamboanga led by its president Edsel Mari Acuña and vice president, Councilor Miguel “Mike” Alavar III, for a job well done with its free livelihood training in the different places in Mindanao.

The commendation was made last Monday during the graduation rites for 99 participants from three places, Labuan, Tictapul and Isabela City. The completed a free livelihood training on fish processing.

Mr. Robert Burch, USAID office of education chief and Alejandra Bonifaz, EQUALLS2 OSCY specialist, were very impressed with the performance of the FPAZ staffers led by Acuña and Alavar and other trainers, who are partners in the conduct of the skill training on food processing for the unemployed and less fortunate people.

The USAID and FPAZ have a common goal to help the people become productive for them to be able to  earn a living.

Burch and Bonifaz also congratulated the 99 graduates for successfully completed the training especially on fish processing.

The USAID officials acknowledged the participation of the trainers who share their skills in different kinds of food processing.
The graduates were inspired by the messages delivered by Joe Agrano, program director of the Save the Children, Jazmin Cinco, senior LEO, DOLE Region 9 and
Sharon Garcia, chief, Licensing Department of the  Food and Drug Administration.

During the graduation rites, Alavar was elated to see the participants becoming skilled food processors from mere students without knowledge in fish processing.
Alavar said the graduates are now capable to start their own business using the skills they learned during the training.

For his part, Acuña gave a positive assessment of the graduates as he witnessed how they learned all necessary aspects of fish processing.
Acuña said that in the training proper, participants were taught proper hygiene up to marketing of the products.

The graduates were composed of 33 youths from Barangay Labuan, 39 from Titapul and 27 from Isabela City, Basilan.
The livelihood training became more successful with the partnership entered into by FPAZ with the USAID’s EQUALL2 program. 
Alavar revealed that there are more barangays and cities where FPAZ and the USAID will conduct free livelihood training including in Sangali and barangays in Zamboanga del Norte.

The trainers include Acuña, Alavar, Myrna Tan, board member, Mark Torralba and Joseph Araneta.
FPAZ and the USAID also acknowledged and thanked the Alternative Learning System (ALS), the Labuan District, Zamboanga City Schools Division, Labuan barangay concil, Tictapul barangay council, ALS of Vitali District, Isabela Schools Division, Isabela East District, Food and Drug Administration, DOH 9 and the City Government of Zamboanga. — Dan Toribio Jr.