By Roy Mabasa
A total of 22 ni-Vanuatuans (Vanuatu citizens) undertook training on food processing through a technical assistance and cooperation program provided by the Philippine government.
Held recently in the Vanuatuan capital of Port Vila, the training program is in line with South-South Cooperation between the two countries through the Technical Cooperation Council of the Philippines (TCCP) of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
According to a statement issued by the DFA, the Ni-Vanuatuans learned new food processing skills imparted by the Department of Science and Technology – Industrial Technology Development Institute, Science and Research Specialists, the Philippine agency charge to facilitate the training on production of intermediate raw materials from coconut, tomato, root crops, and fish processing.
Aside from the 22 recipients of the training, the government of Vanuatu also invited 20 observers to witness the activity.
The program was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Commerce, Trade Industry Jotham Napat, Director Jimmy Rantes of DOI, Jack Loughman, General Manager of the Vanuatu Cooperative Business Network (VCBN), and Philippine Honorary Consul Florentino “Bong” Serrano.
Vanuatu is a Pacific Island country located in the South Pacific Ocean with an estimated population of about 300,000.