MANILA-- The Congressional Spouses Foundation has donated PHP500,000 to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) inmates who are under the custody of the BJMP.
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy on Tuesday said inmates may now become "inmate-preneurs" as they now have a source of fund for their livelihood projects.
"On behalf of the BJMP, my heartfelt thanks to (CSFI head) Mrs. Emelita Alvarez and CSFI for your generosity and compassion to our inmates," Cuy said in a statement.
Cuy said the donation will be utilized to buy the supplies and materials needed for livelihood projects of the BJMP like baskets-, bags- and rags- making; noodle-making; massage therapy; haircutting; and other products and services which are the source of income of the inmates while detained in BJMP-manned jails.
Alvarez said the CSFI is willing to market the products of "inmate-preneurs" during trade fairs.
She said other members who are engaged in exporting products also pledged to sell products made by the inmates.
The CSFI is a non-government organization (NGO) whose members are mostly in the business sector.
It has 182 active members, including the spouses of party-list representatives.
The CSFI has been supporting the "One Jail, One Product" program of the BJMP for almost a year now.
Source: Philippine News Agency