Women prisoners trained by QC, BJMP
THE Quezon City government will continue to work with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology to conduct livelihood skills training for female detainees.
The city’s Social Services and Development Department requested the BJMP to continue their partnership in teaching female detainees to make beads, rugs, soap and candles, and provide training on massage therapy, health and wellness program, housekeeping, and bread and pastry production.
According to Quezon City Jail warden Marie Rose Laguyo, the skills training is conducted every quarter.
“We are providing skills training so that when they leave the jail facility, they are ready to go back to society and become productive. Besides, the program will help address the boredom of these female detainees. We buy their products, which we give away as tokens during our events. Through this, we can be able to help them,” she said.
In 2012, the SSDD started its partnership with the BJMP female dormitory to integrate their livelihood programs for their inmates.
“Since 1988, at least 135 batches have already graduated under the city’s community-based training accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority,” SSDD manpower development officer Jovencio Gabriel said.
“There are 300 students each batch for every quarter. So far, we have already exceeded our 25 percent employment target. Based on our monitoring, it even reached 45 percent,” he added.
The livelihood community-based program of Quezon City targets the youth, solo parents, senior citizens, persons with disability, and inmates.
BJMP has also conducted tuberculosis mass screening, HIV screening, and quarterly pre-natal check-ups for women detainees in coordination with the city health department.