Sulat senior citizens engage in food processing

Sulat senior citizens engage in food processing

Senior citizens of Region 8 continue to transform society’s perception of the elderly. They may be in their twilight years but they still have much to offer for their respective communities.
 
Thirty-one (31) senior citizens of Sulat, Eastern Samar attended the training on Aged to Ablement: Making Senior Years Meaningful (GMP on SeaFood/Fish Processing) on April 4-6, 2017 at the Multi-Purpose Hall, Sulat, Eastern Samar. The training is one of the programs of ATI to help the elderly strengthen their skills and abilities, gain self-esteem and give a real sense of purpose. The training aimed to enhance knowledge and skills of senior citizens on Good Manufacturing Practices and fish processing.
 
Mrs. Vilma Abarquez, a retired supervisor, said that upon knowing that there will be a training to be conducted in Sulat, Eastern Samar she was very happy. Although one day late because of some prior commitments, she was early on the second day just to attend the training. “You can’t have your cake and not eat it, too”, she said. She even expressed her ‘amazement’ of this training and had a full realization that they are still part of the society and not forgotten by the government.
 
Resource Persons who were tapped to share their expertise were Ms. Graciel V. Gacutan of ATI RTC 8, Dr. Nelita C. Alura of College of Agriculture & Natural Sciences-Eastern Samar State College Main Campus, and Ms. Isabelita M. Pamposa of the Department of Science & Technology-Samar. Topics delivered were Good Manufacturing Practices & Food Safety, Fish Processing (Fish Cake Making or Podpod, Rellenong Bangus, & Fish Deboning), and Packaging & Labelling.
 
The participants were very happy and really enjoyed the training, prompting them to request for another series of trainings. This kind of reception only proves that senior citizens should be given time and importance by their families and the government (with reports from Ermalinda B. Cayago).