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The beauty of learning and seeking knowledge lies on the fact that they cannot be taken away from you. The challenges brought about by the pandemic did not stop SIFI from delivering its mission to provide opportunity for learning to its scholars. Leading them to empowerment and self-reliance is SIFI’s goal.

True to its mandate, the Sugar Industry Foundation conducted a total of 18 skills training webinars for SIFI scholars all over the country as well as 9 webinars for Mill and PA employees from SIFI LMRO and VRO conduits for the months of August and September.

The topics of the webinar participated by SIFI scholars from LMRO and VRO include, “Personality Development” & “7 Habits of Highly Effective Students” with Rhoderick K. Samonte, Director for External Affairs of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC), “Time Management/Rethinking Time” with Ma. Victoria G. Violanda, Director for Quality Assurance of CHMSC, “Gender Sensitivity and Responsiveness” & “Strengthening Youth Resilience and Personality Development amid the Pandemic” with Florence Flores-Pasos, RSW, MSW, Social Work Professor at the University of the Philippines – Diliman.

SIFI also conducted webinar trainings in “Mental Health Awareness and Psychosocial Support in Time of COVID-19” with resource speaker Jeric Manalili, a 3-day webinar participated by 90 Mill and PA employees from SIFI-LMRO Conduits, “Promoting Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace” with resource speaker Ana Lea Reyes, a 2-day webinar participated by 85 sugar mill workers from First Farmers Holding Corporation (FFHC), “Digital Literacy Training and Workshop” with Jundel Toriano, participated by 42 sugar mill workers from FFHC, and “Mental Health and Wellness for VRO EDAP Coordinators” with Ana Lea T. Reyes, participated by 42 EDAP Coordinators and human resources personnel.

A 2-day face-to-face training workshop on “Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic and the Mechanisms Adapted by Cooperatives in Batangas” spearheaded by project officer John Cena with resource speaker Araceli Bayubay Mercado was also conducted last September 28-29, 2021. A total of 42 sugar mill workers from mills and planters association in Western and Eastern Batangas participated in the training workshop.

The skills training, held face-to-face before the COVID-19 Pandemic hit, were now being conducted via Zoom and Google Meet.

Since 1971, more than 73,000 recepient have received grants for college assistanceship and college scholarship, as well as high school grants and over 19,000 technical-vocational skills training beneficiaries since 1977.


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