Aboitiz Group turns over innovation unit

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The Aboitiz Group recently turned over to government hands its business innovation unit in ceremonies held at the head offices of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Taguig City.

The innovation center is called Wooden Spoon, which empowers aspiring entrepreneurs looking to exploit opportunities in life as chefs or baristas, that until then was owned by Pilmico Foods Corp. and Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (AFI), one of the largest flour milling companies in the Philippines.

The newly-renovated facility aims to promote a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation among TESDA Women’s Center trainees, particularly in bread and pastry production.

The Wooden Spoon basically provides opportunities for women and aspiring business owners to get started with their very own bakery business.

Designed to mimic an actual business production line, the 500-square-meter space is equipped with up-to-date baking equipment and a cafe which allows trainees to market and sell their products.

“Equipped with the latest tools and equipment for baking, we envision Wooden Spoon to be a hub for future bakery owners to learn, innovate and break the ideas that can help them grow their businesses to life,” said Tristan Aboitiz, vice president and COO of Pilmico during the turnover ceremony.

Through the facility, Aboitiz hopes to contribute to the develoment of the country’s baking industry.

Wooden Spoon is named after Pilmico’s flagship flour brand and one of every baker’s most reliable tools. The newly renovated facility is set to provide opportunities for women and aspiring business owners to get started on their very own bakery business. Designed to mimic an actual business production line, the facility is equipped with up-to-date baking equipment and Cafe Juana, a cafe that allows students to market and sell their own products.

“We will stay true to our mission of empowering budding entrepreneurs, and shaping chefs and baristas who share with us the same promise of advancing business and communities.

We in the Aboitiz Foundation and our partners in Pilmico commit to do our best to help TESDA Women’s Center’s Bakery and Pastry Production NC II program be accredited at the Unified TVET Program Registration and Accreditation System. We will also continue to find more ways to promote education as an enabler of growth and enterprise development, thus, helping more Filipinos earn more income and have better lives,” Maribeth Marasigan, COO of Aboitiz Foundation, expressed.

Aboitiz, through AFI and Pilmico, proudly shares this moment with TESDA Women’s Center. Wooden Spoon is the product of their great visions aligned with both organizations aspiring better futures and greater opportunities for individuals, particularly women and the youth. Attended by top executives from both the Aboitiz Group and TESDA Women’s Center, the facility was turned over to the caring hands of the government agency for innovation and collaboration to flourish through their training.

“Guided by our vision to be our customers’ partner for growth, we have made it a point to continuously look for opportunities where we can use our expertise to bring a positive and lasting impact to our various stakeholders,” Aboitiz said.

“Over time, we have learned that the best way to make that impact is to work alongside like-minded and values-based organizations who enable us to effectively mobilize our various programs,” he added.

TESDA district director Rosalinda Talavera, on behalf of TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña, welcomed the turnover of the facility.

“I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for the funding assistance in the form of equipment and tools that you have provided for this facility and setting up of the laboratory for the bakery,” Lapeña said.

Maribeth Marasigan, chief operating officer at Aboitiz Foundation, gave assurance the partners will continue empowering budding entrepreneurs and help shape chefs and baristas who share the same promise of advancing business and communities.

Marasigan vowed to help the TESDA bakery and pastry production program be accredited as a technical vocational education and training or TVET institution.

“We will continue to find more ways to promote education as an enabler of growth and enterprises development, thus, helping more Filipinos earn more income and have better lives,” she said.

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