DAVAO CITY April 21 (PIA)- The Junior Chamber International (JCI) Kadayawan Chapter will soon be launching a project aimed at providing livelihood to wives of Davao City Jail detainees.

Dubbed as Pinay Power the project which is part of a national JCI project will be the first year of implementation here in Davao.

“We believe that education is the greatest tool to empower a person.” Says Desi Marie Lucas Subido, secretary-general of JCI Kadayawan and project chair of Pinay Power here in Davao.

Subido says the initial batch consists of 15 women which will be trained on massage. The training will be held for 100 hours in a TESDA (Technical Education Skills Development Authority) accredited training institution.

Apart from the training, the trainees will have free meals and allowances.

Subido says they chose the training as it would immediately give them employment. The JCI Kadayawan chapter had already identifed two spa as partners of the project. Those who would finish the training will be given priority in employment by the two spas.

Subido added that after the training, the  ladies can use the skills aside from finding employment they could set-up massage spots in parks and night markets.

The training will start in May and hopefully by June they would have the skills of the trade.

“In time for the school opening, they would have livelihood  especially if there are kids who are going to school.” Subido said.

“A wife of the detainee is really burdened emotionally and financially because the family’s breadwinner is in jail.”

They had chosen the beneficiaries who are not yet instittutionalized, where there are still no institutions or group helping the sector. The wives of detainees are not yet institutionalized they have no access to help.

Apart from massage, the succeeding batches under the Pinay Power Project will undergo trainings on cosmetology and housekeeping. Skills which have high demands in the employment market.

“We see to it that the courses we offer, there is a high probability that the market is in need of these skills.” Subido said.

Before the training proper, the beneficiaries will undergo personality development and life coaching workshops.

The Pinay Power was founded in 2013 by the Makati-based JCI Princess Urduja chapter. It aims to unite the female chapters and female members in mixed chapters into organizing projects for women particularly that pertains to empowering them and helping them achieve economic freedom. (PIA/RG Alama)