Bayan Academy, in partnership with Nestle Maggi Philippines, offers a
five-day culinary training designed for the unemployed/underemployed, micro
entrepreneurs, including young mothers, engaged in the food business to help
them secure employment, improve existing business and improve their quality of
life. Likewise, the training aims to promote the value of nutrition, health and
wellness through culinary training.
The scope of training includes product knowledge, different cooking
methods, knife skills, food safety and sanitation, waste segregation, food
sustainability, butchery, fish and seafood mongerie, ingredient substitution,
maximizing ingredients and minimizing wastage, food plating and presentation,
and seasoning and flavoring.
A rigid screening process is being implemented to ensure highly
qualified applicants for the training. A comprehensive medical exam is also
required as part of the food safety & sanitation compliance. Applicants came
from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao though majority of them were from Metro Manila,
particularly Quezon City. Each successful applicant received P12, 500 worth of
scholarship. Recently, a total of 94
scholars for four batches (equivalent to almost P1.2 M worth of scholarship)
benefited the program.
During the training, trainees are expected to cook five to eight menus
daily and write their practical insights (“aha!” moments) to ensure maximum
learning. The culminating activity is a buffet dinner for about 80 guests who
are family members, friends and relatives of the trainees.
The trainees were given a chance to experience a real taste of catering
management from event planning to event execution which includes hosting,
cooking and food preparation, table setting, ushering, food serving and
After the training, job coaching workshop is also provided as part of
the value-added service for the graduates who may want to be employed in hotel,
restaurant or any food-related industries. They were taught the value of the 3
Ps (Power of Self-Determination, Power Resume and Power Statement) in their job
Among the significant impacts of the training were increase in daily
sales up to 60% for the micro-entrepreneurs; employment for the unemployed; and
convenient, practical and creative ways of cooking for young mothers which their
family members greatly appreciated.