By: John Maico M. Hernandez, PSTC Batangas

LBC Express otherwise branded as ‘Hari ng Padala’ moves a different thing from its regular courier routines as it sends its employees to a Technology Training on Coconut and Peanut Processing with Seminar on Basic Food Hygiene for Food Handlers held at LBC Express Station, Lipa City, Batangas, Oct. 01.

The activity aimed to provide alternative livelihood to employees of LBC Express in Batangas province. It was a component of the company’s personnel development program which helps capacitate employees to help them grow. With a growing network of over 6,400 locations, partners, and agents in over 30 countries, LBC commits itself to moving lives, businesses, and communities and delivering smiles around the world. In this pursuit, DOST Batangas is with them.

As the government’s arm for science and technology, DOST Batangas facilitated the technology training. Products trained to participants comprised sugar coated peanuts, panutsa, buko yema, coco jam, and buko juice. More than capacitating employees and providing them with livelihood options, the technology training also spurred innovativeness and entrepreneurship among participants. Processing techniques were shared to participants most significantly the criticality of the raw materials to use. While these could influence the quality and consistency of their products, the technology training also led to a discussion on product properties, composition, and health benefits of coconut and peanut. Strategies on prolonging products’ shelf life was also demonstrated to participants. Ms. Claire S. Zubia of Institute of Food Science and Technology at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, served as the resource speaker during the training.

Basic Food Hygiene for Food Handlers was also discussed to participants. Mr. Ellgine Libao, Food Safety Team Member of DOST CALABARZON, facilitated the discussion which served as a springboard towards participants’ food safety appreciation.

Meanwhile, on her closing message, Ms. Liezel G. Maderazo, LBC Express Human Resource Officer, encouraged their employees to pursue venture in this kind of livelihood to obtain additional income in benefit of their families.