Works by prisoners presented in an exhibition

The Arts and Crafts Exhibition of Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) is displayed at Bulacan Salon, run by Bureau of Prison Management and Penology (BJMP) Region 3, SM City Marilao. The inauguration on Friday, August 12, 2022 is led by BJMP National Headquarters Director for Welfare and Development, Superintendent Felixberto Jagorin Jr. and Executive Assistant to the Municipal Mayor of Marilao, Froilan Angeles, as well as the lawyer in charge of the provincial office for the development of cooperatives and enterprises, Jayric Amil. , SM City Marilao Deputy Manager of Engr Mall. Janette Aguilera, BJMP Regional Director Superintendent Rebecca Pawid, DTI Negosyo Center Business Advisor Jelly Magno, SM City Mall Manager Marilao Engr. Emmanuel Gatmaitan and the head of the Provincial Office of History, Arts, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Eliseo de la Cruz. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

DIFFERENT works of art and handicrafts made by Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) are now on display at SM City Marilao during the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Anniversary Trade Fair.

Facilitated by BJMP Region 3, the five-day fair which kicked off August 12 showcases arts and products made by PDLs from Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Bataan and Zambales.

“Our annual celebration is not just about the hard work and sacrifice of our staff or our agency. We also celebrate those deprived of liberty held in the 37 prisons in Central Luzon. We celebrate their skills, expertise and , above all, their transformation.” shares BJMP Regional Director Superintendent Rebecca Pawid.

According to BJMP National Headquarters Director for Welfare and Superintendent of Development, Felixberto Jagorin Jr., the purpose of the trade fair is to open an avenue where people can patronize the creation of PDL.

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“The trade fair here at SM is a way for our PDLs to generate income while in confinement at the facility for their personal upkeep and financial support to their families outside,” Jagorin said.

Jagorin also added that the lounge also serves as a platform to boost the morale of PDLs while demystifying the stigma that surrounds inmates.

“We wanted to showcase their skills to let them know that the situation they find themselves in doesn’t make them any less human. Each of them has the ability to change, grow and develop, and we at the outside, are their partners,” shared Jagorin.

Among the products on display are art paintings, indigenous bags with hand-painted designs, string bags, baskets, beaded accessories, piggy banks, rugs, handicrafts, decorations for the house and pastries.

Proceeds from the trade show would be donated directly to the PDLs.

Designed to usher in a smooth transition once inmates are released from prison, the livelihoods program for PDLs includes development and reform initiatives to prepare inmates for their eventual reintegration into society as productive citizens.

These programs are undertaken in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and the Department of Trade and Industry. The Ministry of Education through the ALS, meanwhile, assists the BJMP in the training of PDLs.