Jail conducts dev’t programs for PDLs

The Baguio City Jail-Male Dorm (BCJMD) continuous to conduct development programs for its 511 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) with the support of the local government, other agencies and service providers. PDL is the new term for inmate.

BCJMD warden J/CInsp. Elvis Danglose said they are now producing hand-crafted products like, bamboo crafts, gongs, furnitures and other wood crafts.

The jail also has interfaith activities spearheaded by various religious groups who also donate grocery supplies, sports materials and others for the PDLs, he added.

On skills development, the BCJMD has coordinated with the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to accommodate its PDLs on their scholarship programs.

Danglose said the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) has executed a memorandum of agreement with TESDA to make its PDLs the priority when it comes to their skills development programs.

He also pointed out that the comfort rooms of the cells were improved with the help of the city government, service providers and jail personnel.

For the next quarter, Danglose said they are targeting to improve the jail’s backyard garden and its quadrangle with the help of Saint Louis University architecture students.

The jail has also conducted several medical, dental, opthal and optical missions for its PDLs sponsored by the Lions Club of Baguio, Iglesia ni Cristo and Gospel of Christ.-gaby keith