Wives of PSG personnel turn into bakers
The Aboitiz Group, through its corporate social responsibility arm the Aboitiz Foundation and its food business unit Pilmico, has empowered the wives of Presidential Security Group (PSG) and helped them learn how to bake and sell various baked goods as part of a sustainable baking livelihood.
In a statement, Aboitiz said it has recently inaugurated “The Bread Camp”, a bakery to be run by the PSG Enlisted Personnel (EP) Ladies Club in Malacañang Park, Manila.
Around 300 PSG wives (60 of which were trained by a Pilmico baking technician) will directly benefit in the revival of the once-lucrative bakery business.
“This bakery was still open, but struggling, when I first reported for duty last 2016. Then a few months after, it totally closed and it remained so for some time. We are grateful for well-meaning friends like Aboitiz who want to help our soldiers,” PSG Commander Col. Jose Eriel Niembra said in Filipino.
One of ‘The Bread Camp’s” special offering is the “Pan Digong”, a premium goat cheese pandesal named after President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
“I heard he [Pres. Duterte] loves bread. He is a very simple man and he has a deep love for Filipinos. I think pandesal would be the best option of bread that he would prefer,” said Cristina Versoza, EP Ladies Club member.
Niembra noted that “The Bread Camp” has a good chance of succeeding by catering to nearby communities.
For her part, EP Ladies Club Business Manager Gina Marie Mallari said The Bread Camp will greatly benefit her group. Mallari, whose husband works in Malacañang as a PSG guard, is a former teacher who aims to utilize her newly-acquired baking skills in preparation for her husband’s retirement.
The PSG ladies underwent baking training and learned to bake bread, pastries, cakes, and other goods under the “PAGKAIN (Pagbabago ay Gawin, Kabuhayang Pang-Agrikultura I-aalay Natin) Biyaya ng Pagbabago Bakery Livelihood Program.”