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Monday, January 5, 2009

ANIHAN bags Best Small Enterprise Award

The ECOP Institute for Productivity & Competitiveness Foundation (EIPC Foundation) and Red Ribbon Bakeshop, Inc. awarded Anihan Technical School the EBESE Best Small Enterprise Award during EIPC Foundation’s 3rd EBESE Recognition Rites held on 8 December 2008, Dusit Hotel Nikko, Makati City.
(L-R): Mr. Feliciano Torres (Chairman, EIPC Foundation), Ms. Jane Ali (Quality & Assurance Manager, RRBI), Ms. Pamela Karen Bermejo (Industry Coordinator & Marketing Officer, Anihan), Ms Macaria Javier (School Director, Anihan), Ms. Jacqueline Dayag (Q&A Supervisor, RRBI), Ms. Marife Cruz (Food Safety Officer, RRBI), and Ms. Imelda Silayan (President, FPTI).

EBESE or ECOP Big Enterprise – Small Enterprise Productivity Improvement Program is a flagship program of the EIPC Foundation. It is productivity based and designed to develop a long-term and mutually beneficial relationship between a big enterprise (customer) and a small enterprise (supplier) based on trust, cooperation, concern for each other’s competitiveness and growth.

The program is run for six months providing training for management and employees and provides technical consultants as well as mentors. The focus improvements initiated by small enterprises are: 5S or good housekeeping, office and production layout, production process improvements. In Anihan, Ms. Pamela Karen Bermejo, Industry Coordinator and Marketing Officer, led the team through the program. She also gave Anihan’s presentation during the recognition rites and received the award on behalf of Anihan.

The EBESE Program is being initiated by EIPC Foundation free of charge through Public-Private Partnership (PPP). Its government partners includes: the Dept. of Science and Technology - Technology Application & Promotion Institute and through its Manufacturing Promotion Extension Program (MPEX); and the Dept. of Trade and Industry - Center for Industrial Competitiveness.

Present at the EBESE recognition rites were Mr. Feliciano Torres (EIPC Chairman); Mr. Raul Hernandez (EIPC President); and, Dr. Carlos Tomboc (OIC, Office of the Director, Technology Application & Promotion Institute–DOST).

The award recognizes Anihan Technical School's "exemplary productivity improvement application and performance under the EBESE Program in partnership with Red Ribbon Bakeshop, Inc. as Big Enterprise Partner".

Red Ribbon Bakeshop, Inc. was one of the 12 Big Enterprise partners of EIPC Foundation and Anihan was one of the fifty (50) small-medium enterprises beneficiaries of the EBESE program for the year 2008. Among seven (7) suppliers enrolled under the EBESE Program, Anihan was chosen as the BEST Small Enterprise for 2008 by RRBI.

Anihan Technical School is a technical-vocational school operated by the Foundation for Professional Training, Inc. and engaged in women-in-development.

It annually grants full-tuition scholarship to 100-120 financially challenged female high school graduates from the CALABARZON area.

To sustain this, Anihan put up its own Livelihood Center where Anihan students and graduates produce the Anihan Goodies. Proceeds from every product sold helps Anihan build up its scholarship fund.

"Anihan assists the young women of CALABARZON by providing training programs in food service which will make them employable in hotels, country clubs, restaurants, bakeshops, fast food chains, etc.," explains Ms. Macaria Javier, Anihan School Director.

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