Soroptimist Batangas holds thanksgiving event for awards received for women empowerment

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Soroptimist International Batangas Premier (SIBP) celebrated the various recognitions that it received in helping the marginalized women and girls be empowered through education and other means to improve their living conditions. This international volunteer organization for women whose name Soroptimist means “best for women” aims to provide marginalized women and girls with opportunities and resources to uplift themselves from their plight and become productive members of the community.

According to its president, Fely Go, an entrepreneur, this Thanksgiving Luncheon Celebrating Success and Partnership was their way of expressing their gratitude to those who supported them in achieving their objectives.

Their group which was established in 2013, the first in the province, was awarded the Most Outstanding Club in the Philippines while Mrs. Go was the Most Outstanding President in 2016 and 2017. Its scholar, Rochelle Villaflores, an incoming first year BS Education student at the University of Batangas Hilltop campus, was the Federation (international) Winner for Live Your Dream Education and Training for Women Award for which she received $10,000 for her education. Its other scholar, Baby Joy Decina, now in third year BA Secondary Education(English) at the St. Bridget College was chosen the Woman of the Opportunity District Awardee. Another scholar, Riza Relano, a third year Information Technology student at Westmead International School in Batangas City was the Live Your Dream Education and Training for Women Region(national ) Finalist.

These three scholars gave their testimonials and how thankful they were to SIBIP for giving them what they needed to rise and fulfill their dreams. “I see God in you “ said Decina as she described how this group of women gave her a helping hand.

Among other awards, SIBIP also won first place as the Best in Programs for its Bagong Pag-asa Ecobag-making Impact Project for women inmates at the Batangas City Jail. It is also SIBAP that markets their products.

SIBAP also won the coveted Golden Project Award (Education category) in 2016 for the Project ISLA: Island Soroptimist Library Access that established a reading room for the students of Parang Cueva Elementary School in Isla Verde, Batangas City. It was also cited for its Project RAIN , a rain water catchment project that provides water to the comfort rooms of Parang Cueva Elementary School in Barangay San Andresm Isla Verde, water being a big problem in the island.

The event culminated in the giving of certificates of recognition to the group’s partners who supported them in achieving these successes. They were the City Health Office, Batangas City Water District, United Architects of the Philippines, TESDA and others. (PIO Batangas City)