66 BJMP inmates finish skills, livelihood training
TACLOBAN CITY (CIO) — A total of 66 Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) graduated from the Comprehensive Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Program (CLEP) of the local government on Monday, November 25 at Tacloban City Jail Male Dormitory Gym.
Facilitated by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) with the support of the City Government under Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez through CLEP, the said program aims to aid the PDLs in their livelihood ventures, not just inside the jail, but also as they go out in their respective communities.
Around 38 male PDLs finished the Reflexology training and 28 completed the Silk Screen Printing training.
Acting CLEP Coordinator Ruena Mate together with Jail Senior Inspector Jim Buranday and Assistant Jail Warden Esteban Duquiatan led the distribution of certificates and kits to the said graduates.
In a short message, Mate encouraged the graduates to never lose hope and use the skills they acquired as a strength in order to have a brighter future.
“Dapat walang maiiwan… ngan dire na hira mahulop kay when they go out, may-ada ngayan mga opportunities hin livelihood nga masusudlan nira,” she said.
Meantime, ‘Jesus’, one of the completers expressed gratitude to the local government saying it’s a privilege to be given a good and dignified opportunity in order to prove that they are worthy of respect and acceptance.
Aside from the reflexology and silk screen printing training, CLEP will also be providing other livelihood courses such as hair-cutting, skirting, and tailoring to the said inmates in December 2019.– C.Merin/CIO
Photo: K.E. Napala/CIO