GNPower Mariveles Energy Center Ltd. Co. (GMEC), in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), conducted a livelihood training workshop on Basic Bookkeeping and Financial Literacy for Alion Coconaturalia Producer Cooperative (ACPC) members at the lanaiarea of Brother’s Keeper Inn (BKI) last November 22.
Established in 2022, ACPC manufactures various food products from the coconuts they produce, such as buko pie and buko juice. Back then, GMEC helped the cooperative secure the necessary permits to begin their business. This year, the company assisted them in terms of training and upskilling. These trainings aimed to improve the members’ knowledge in managing business finances.
DTI Senior Trade Industry Development Specialist and SME Development Section Head Cindy Jaime was the training’s guest speaker. ACPC President Connie Balan was also present during the event.
Aside from the training, GMEC also turned over a set of baking equipment – a freezer, ice crusher, kneading machine, and other baking supplies and materials – to support ACPC’soperations. GMEC believes these tools will help the coop be more productive in meeting the requirements of their customers.
The project is under the “G”, or “Generate livelihood skills and income, of the company’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program called P.R.O.G.R.E.S.S. P.R.O.G.R.E.S.S. stands for Protect marine life, Reforest Land, Optimize wealth from waste, Generate livelihood skills and income, Rehabilitate social infrastructure, Elevate educational opportunities, Safeguard quality health access, and Strengthen disaster resiliency.
GMEC promised to continue its support of ACPC in the coming years in the form of more trainings and additional equipment