SI Lipa weaves waves of hope for women PDLs
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SI Lipa weaves waves of hope for women PDLs

Nov 14, 2023, 12:22 AM



Soroptimist Lipa City is quite literally weaving waves of hope with its “Weave of Hope Project” to womenfolks serving time in an effort for them to be more productive while incarcerated.

Under the able leadership of lady contractor Ellie Hiwatig, the Soroptimist International of Lipa introduced this project and has inked a partnership and memorandum of understanding for skills enhancement training and livelihood sustainability through recyclable weave bag production at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Lipa Female Dorm.

The project aims to provide hope to female Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) and support the noble mission of BJMP women officers in developing job and income opportunities for incarcerated individuals.

This endeavor harmonizes with SIL's livelihood and Access to Education (ATE) programs, striving to empower under-served women and girls in the community.

SIL is dedicated to imparting specialized education and skills training in collaboration with BJMP- Female Dorm-Lipa City, Batangas.

To initiate this project, Soroptimist International of Lipa has already conducted a successful seminar titled "Product Development 101" for BJMP Female Officers and PDL Heads-Livelihood.

This marks the commencement of the skills development initiative for the betterment of the community.

Hiwatig said SI Lipa remains committed to its mission of empowering women and promoting education and digital literacy in the local community.

Their initiatives and collaborations continue to pave the way for a brighter future for the women and girls they serve.

SI LIPA has also successfully concluded its inspiring "Live Your Dream" (LYD) initiative, awarding commendable incentives to young, self-supporting female college students in the local community. A significant majority of these deserving awardees hail from Batangas State University.

Beverly Cruzata, a 3rd-year college student pursuing a BS in Mechanical Engineering, emerged as the Club Level winner. Known for her consistent honor student status, Biverly also contributes to her self-reliance by working as a tutor.

“This program would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of LYD Chairs Dr. Chona Chavez and Dra. Beth Macalinao, who led the program with careful deliberation, and CP Bernardine Go, providing valuable guidance throughout,” said Soroptimist International Lipa president Elli Hiwatig.

Meanwhile, in another significant development, SI Lipa also signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) - Region IVA-Batangas on October 18, 2023.

This MOA marks a pivotal moment in SIL's collaboration with DICT, striving to provide Education Technology and Digital Literacy training and programs, particularly aimed at underprivileged women and girls in the local community. (OpBats/I Am)


Soroptimist International of Lipa president Ellie Hiwatig (center, holding SI Lipa banner) poses with Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Lipa Female Dorm lady officers together with several women PDLs. Several samples of SI-Lipa's Weave of Hope finished product of woven tote bags are displayed on the right.

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