Balanga City, Bataan―Forty-four prisoners or persons deprived of liberty (PDL) graduated Monday from a skills training program conducted by a state university here.
Dr. Bernadeth Gabor, dean of the College of Technology of Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) and program leader of Hope Behind Bars, said the 44 male and female PDLs finished the courses in Food and Beverage Services and Bread and Pastry.
Dayanara Baciles, common-law wife of one of the prisoners, said: “I am very happy that my husband learned a new skill he could use to earn when he goes out of jail soon. I thank the jail management and BPSU for the program.”
The Hope Behind Bars program has already trained many PDLs with various skills in the district jail, Bataan District warden Jail Superintendent Andrew Tauli said earlier.
“The program has a huge impact in the lives of PDLs here,” he said.
For her part, Gabor said: “Many of those in jail are hopeful there will be life after detention. We need to accept and support them.”