Paper Bag Making and Changing Lives: RC Pasay Maharlika’s Sustainable Project

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LCP Rowena Cabalo

​You may not be aware but the paper bag you are using or buying for your packaging can put food on the table of the less privilege. This is the reason why Rotary Club of Pasay Maharlika continuously conducts trainings on paper bag making skills.

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PP Carina Rodriguez whose heart is into livelihood faithfully leads this project. The project has reached more than 6,000 individuals (for almost 18 years) including the patients at National Drug Rehabilitation Center, persons deprived of liberty (PDL), persons with disability (PWD), young mothers, senior citizens and others. Some of the areas reached are NCR, Cavite, Tagaytay, Montalban, Binangonan, Zamboanga and Cotabato.

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Fighting poverty and caring for environment

As a Life Changing President, I am pleased to start the project for my term as it complies with two areas of focus. Firstly, Economic and Community Development as it provides income to the trainees by enabling them to accept paper bag making jobs that are usually paid per piece or “piece rate”, although some opted to make their own paper bags and sell it by themselves. Secondly, the project promotes Caring for the Environment since recycled paper that are 100 % compostable are being used in the project. It also discourages the use of single use plastics that has negative impact on our environment, specifically to the marine life.

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The photos show PP Carina conducting training at the National Drug Rehabilitation Center in Taguig with more than 800 patients-beneficiaries of the project; a blind trainee carefully putting handle on the paper bag; Paper Bag Making Project of our Club, held last September 26 with 10 beneficiaries; Personalized reusable gift bags (disclaimer: photos from magazine cutouts); and ideal as grocery bag, alternative to non-woven cloth or plastic bags that do not compost, that easily carries 10 kilos.

If you are interested to join this project or if you would to order to help a community, you may reach PP Carina Rodriguez at 09265833014 or