Loline Estipona, 70+ years old from Brgy. Greater Lagro was an Eco Aide (street sweeper) before the Pandemic. She volunteered to be part of the Bayang Hinabi Project and learn to be sewer for a living. Bayang Hinabi is a Capability Building on Sewing Techniques and Pattern Making Workshop for the women of Barangay Greater Lagro and Barangay Sto. Cristo in Quezon City. Ten (10) women who were selected are given free training sessions on the making of PPEs (personal protective equipment), an in-demand but very delicate commodity in this time of Pandemic. Once completed, these PPEs will be donated to the Quezon City General Hospital.
J. Amado Araneta Foundation together with SPARK Philippines, DTI Philippines and the Quezon City Government, through the Office of Councilor PM Vargas, aims to empower the women participants by providing them with the necessary tools and skills to start their own livelihood.
Diane Romero, JAAF Executive Director shares her thoughts about the project: “We are very proud of this initiative, small as it may be, as it is a seed for sustainable intervention during this difficult time. Bayang Hinabi will assist one of our vulnerable sectors – the women, in creating an opportunity for growth & livelihood, as well as provide sustainable assistance to the local health sector through community participation. It’s a win-win project for the LGU, the health sector and citizens, if executed well. We are also very grateful for this opportunity to collaborate with our partners for this endeavor.”
[Article submitted by Glenda Carlota, J. Amado Araneta Foundation, Inc.]