Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) initiative PRO-FIT (Promoting Food Industry Competitiveness Training Program) conducted a training of trainers last July 30 to August 24, 2012 at the University of the Philippines Institute for Small-Scale Industries in Quezon City.
Co-financed by Sequa and BMZ, PRO-FIT is implemented by ASSIST, AFOS Foundation for Entrepreneurial Development Cooperation (AFOS), TUV Rheinland and UP Institute for Small Scale Industries (UP ISSI) that will run for 2 years. It aims to train practitioners on a variety of qualification options on food safety and sanitation practices at the UP ISSI.
Covered in the ToT are five qualification courses: Certified Quality Associate, Basics of Food Safety & Hygiene, Certification Programme on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Certified Food Safety Professional, and Diploma in Food Safety Management.
The training was led by speakers Engr. Leoncio T. Cubillas, Jr. (Chairperson, TEEDD, UP ISSI), Prof. Nestor O. Raneses (Director, UP ISSI), and Mr. Israel S. Baleta (Program Manager, HAVI Logistics Philippines, Inc.).
Meanwhile, the Project Team was represented by Tristan Loveres (Chief Operating Officer, TUVR), Pinky Zamora-Villacrusis (Sales and Marketing Manager, TUVR), Alexander Go (Business Development Officer, TUVR), and Miriam Ruth Yap-Gabon (Group Associate, ASSIST).
Said qualification courses will be taught in UP ISSI for a pilot run. All participants will receive certificates or diplomas upon successful completion of the courses.