Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI), in partnership with Silangan Ibabao Batis Bulihan Araneta Proper (SIBBAP) Multipurpose Cooperative and Lakas ng Mangingisda sa Baybayin ng Tabangao (LAMBAT), conducted Maghanapbuhay sa Bahay (Magbuhay) training sessions on sewing from February to March this year. Magbuhay, a programme introduced in 2012, evolved from the idea of giving livelihood opportunities to housewives by developing their income-generating capacity, thus helping sustain the financial needs of their family.
With the city’s compliance to Environmental Code Ordinance No. 16, Series of 2010 or the regulation on the use of plastic and Styrofoam materials for packaging, the training also originated from the need of Batangas City residents for eco-bags. Currently, SIBBAP Cooperative is producing eco-bags, t-shirts, jogging pants, school uniforms, curtains, bed linens, throw pillows, pillow cases, and rags.