Sixteen women carapreneurs (carabao raisers and entrepreneurs) from different cooperatives and associations participated in a training on “Baking and Pastries Making” conducted by the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Carabao Center at Cagayan State University (DA-PCC@CSU) last May 12.
The training was conducted to provide additional source of livelihood to participants through processing of products using carabao’s milk as one of the ingredients.
The trainees were divided into two groups to ensure that social distancing measures are observed in the training hall in compliance with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) guidelines amid coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Group A was led by Melchora Macarubbo, board of director of Integrated Farmer’s Cooperative (IFC) while Group B was headed by Precy Sibal, processor of IFC.
Klidel Fae Rellin, a licensed chemist whose hobby is baking, was tapped as the resource person for the said training.
Prior to hands-on training, Ms. Rellin provided lectures on the correct mixing and measuring technique for a particular ingredient to guarantee better baking results and demonstrated the baking process.
Ms. Rellin taught the particular recipes of four different products such as chocolate chips cookies, hot milk cake, milk cake, and vanilla sponge cake, all products were later on processed by each group. A taste test, led by DA-PCC@CSU Center Director Franklin Rellin, was conducted afterwards. Among the four recipes, hot milk cake emerged as the “Best Product of Choice”.
“This training will motivate women to engage in activities that will harness their full potentials and hone their entrepreneurship ability,” Director Rellin said.
The training was part of the Gender and Development activities of the center.
(With reports from Aileen L. Bulusan)