Pilmico, USAid, PLDC of Lanao train bakers from Marawi

More than one year after the conflict that displaced thousands of families in Marawi City, Internally Displaced People (IDPs) continue to face challenges in rebuilding not only their homes but also their livelihoods.

Pilmico, the USAid and the Provincial Livelihood Development Center (PLDC) of Lanao del Sur have partnered to implement a capacity-building program in response to the humanitarian crisis brought about by the Marawi conflict.

Last month, Marawi bakers and bakery owners went through a hands-on training workshop to enhance their skills on baking and bakery operations. Two batches for beginners and advanced bakers were conducted, each having 20 participants per class last September 17 to 19 and September 24 to 26.

At the end of the training, the participants were not only able to gain additional knowledge on the science of baking but they also got the chance to engage with other business owners as well.

Through this experience, the participants and the PLDC have opened the idea of creating a Marawi Baker’s Guild so they can further share ideas and knowledge on how to elevate their businesses and products.

“We in Pilmico, and our partners from the USAid and PLDC, are very happy and honored to be able to implement a program that gives Marawi beneficiaries the motivational support and tools they need to rebuild their livelihoods.” – Apol Castro, VP Corporate Strategy & Business Development


“We hope for the success of this project and that the knowledge and the skills they have acquired will give them the confidence to grow their business further.” – Florencio Sebandal, VP Flour Operations

Meanwhile, a training participant said:

“Hindi sapat ang mga salita para maipakita namin ang pasasalamat namin sa inyo. Ang laking tulong ang naibigay niyo sa amin lalong-lalo na ang iba sa amin na kaunti pa lang ang nalalaman sa baking.”