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KALIPI returns to Lucena City after 11 years

By Nimfa Estrellado Lucena City Councilor Elizabeth Sio (5th from left), Lucena City Councilor Elizabeth Sio (7th from left), along with rep...

By Nimfa Estrellado

KALIPI returns to Lucena City after 11 years
Lucena City Councilor Elizabeth Sio (5th from left), Lucena City Councilor Elizabeth Sio (7th from left), along with representatives from KALIPI and partner organizations, at the relaunching of KALIPI's Lucena chapter on on March 22, 2024 at the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Lucena. (Photo from PIO City of Lucena)

LUCENA CITY, Quezon - The Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI), a non-stock, non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to empowering women, celebrated its official relaunch in Lucena City on March 22, 2024. The ceremony, signifying the organization's revitalization after 11 years, was held in the hall of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Lucena.

"We believe in the boundless potential of the women of Lucena City," remarked Mary Grace "Mayora Maggie" Alcala, President of KALIPI Lucena, wife of Lucena City Vice Mayor Rhoderick "Dondon" Alcala and mother of Mayor Mark Alcala. "Our focus on livelihood training across barangays will provide women with the tools and skills they need to achieve economic independence and build stronger futures for themselves and their families."

The relaunch was spearheaded by a newly formed group composed of CSWDO Officer-in-Charge Mayshell RaƱada, GAD Head Carmelita Caparros, LCGEU President Melanie Ornillo, and SP Secretary Leonard Pensader. Lucena City Councilor Elizabeth Sio, along with other department heads, also attended the ceremony, demonstrating strong support for the initiative.

KALIPI's relaunched Lucena chapter plans to offer training programs in areas such as entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and skills development to empower women to become self-sufficient and active contributors to the local economy. Through partnerships with local businesses and government agencies, Kalipina Lucena aims to create a supportive network that fosters the growth and success of women in the city.

KALIPI Region 4A Calabarzon President Maxima "Mayora Emma" Suayan expressed gratitude to Luena City's Mayor nd Vice Mayor, emphasizing the organization's commitment to promoting women's rights and well-being.

"The Lucena City chapter has been revitalized under the leadership of our newly elected president, Mayora Maggie Alcala," Suayan stated. "The chapter has been actively working on various projects and initiatives to empower women in the community, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the local government to further advance our advocacy for gender equality."

"The leadership of KALIPI Region 4A Calabarzon pledges its sincere support. I, as the Elected President of the Region, along with our Focal Persons for Women, offer our full assistance. We are committed to collaborating with the Lucena City chapter to ensure that women's rights and well-being are prioritized in our region. Together, we can make a significant impact on gender equality and empowerment in our communities. " she added.

Originally devolved by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to Local Government Units (LGUs) in 1992, KALIPI's return to Lucena signals a renewed commitment to supporting women's progress and contributions to the local economy. The organization's focus on empowering women through education and training has proven to be effective in creating sustainable opportunities for economic growth and development in the community.

With KALIPI's presence in Lucena, more women will have access to resources and support to improve their livelihoods and make a positive impact on society. This will not only benefit the women involved but also contribute to the overall advancement of the community as a whole. By promoting gender equality and economic empowerment, KALIPI is paving the way for a more inclusive and prosperous future in Lucena.

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