BSU CHET receives new equipment from PGFI

L-R: BSU Supply Office representative Mr. Ricky Poliden, Mr. Buenconsejo, BSU VP Administration Dr. Estrellita Daclan, Dean Belino, and Mr. Umayat.

The College of Home Economics and Technology of Benguet State University received a grant from Philex Group Foundation in the form of laboratory equipment.

“We really needed the equipment since we are introducing this school year a new course in our College. We are thankful that Philex was able to provide these to us,” says Dr. Pelin Belino, CHET dean.

The Foundation had turned over a refractometer, vacuum sealer, and digital thermometer. “The salinity refractometer would especially help in upgrading our facilities in the laboratory since it is one of the required equipment for BS Nutrition and Dietetics by CHED,” adds CHET Extension Officer Lesley Dale Umayat. The equipment will also help BSU CHET accomplish their accreditation for level IV with the Commission on Higher Education, as well as upgrade their laboratory output on food processing, food-related researches and subjects, and provide an opportunity for the students to experience how to operate such tools.

This grant marks one year since PGFI began its partnership with BSU, wherein they implemented a meat processing training program for its partner-communities.

In the beginning of 2014, the Foundation and BSU signed a partnership for CHET to provide the technical resource in the conceptualization, implementation, and launch of the Meat Processing Training Program for Operator-Trainers and the Home-Based Meat Processing Training Program. The former produced the 15 present employees of the Foundation’s social enterprise: Px Community Foods and Marketing, Inc., while the latter is the training program that the operator-trainers now teach to other community members. To date, they have taught about 60 residents of Barangay Camp 3 in the Municipality of Tuba, Benguet.

Due also to the training that BSU CHET provided to the PxCFMI operator-trainers, their responsibilities have now expanded to include operations of the PxCFMI coffee roasting facility, and also handle the local marketing of the company’s coffee, processed meat, and organic vegetable products.

“We are very happy with our partnership with BSU. With their technical expertise, our PxCFMI operator-trainers have gained skills beyond processing meat and we have been able to also entrust with them the operations of our other processing centers, like the coffee roasting facility,” comments PGFI executive director, Mr. Paul Buenconsejo, about the PGFI-BSU partnership.