After signing a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to train coffee farmers in Mindanao, partners Nestlé and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) officially launched their program in Bukidnon. 

Fifty coffee planters are currently being instructed under the program, specifically on Coffee Production Level II at the Integrated Coffee Center (BICC) in Dalwangan, Malaybalay City.

The MOA between the government agency and the multinational food and drink processing conglomerate was inked last month, May 9. 

TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña said the training will improve the workers’ skills in producing coffee beans, which could then be potentially marketed to Nestlé.

“This is why TESDA and Nestlé Philippines are joining hands to carry out the coffee production project. By upskilling the workers and trainers in coffee production, we will enable the farmers and indigenous people to produce quality coffee beans that are at par with the standards of Nestlé,” Lapeña explained

According to TESDA-Bukidnon, the first batch of trainees started the program through a virtual Training Induction Program held last June 24. On July 1, the second batch was introduced. 

Of the 50 participants, 25 were from the town of Maramag and the other half were from Lantapan. They’ll be the first two batches to undergo the 176-hour (25 days) training program. 

TESDA-XII is now preparing to stretch its program to Sultan Kudarat, the province that grows 80 percent of the country’s coffee. 

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