With the P500,000 donation from The Congressional Spouses Foundation, Inc. (CSFI) to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), inmates who are under the custody of the jail bureau may now become inmate-preneurs as they now have a source of fund for their livelihood projects.
Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Catalino S. Cuy expressed his gratitude to CSFI head, Emelita Alvarez, wife of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez III, for recognizing the plight of inmates and choosing BJMP as one of the beneficiaries of their program.
On behalf of the BJMP, my heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Alvarez and CSFI for your generosity and compassion to our inmates, said Cuy.
The P500,000 donation for the BJMP's inmate-preneur program was turned over to BJMP Director Serafin Barreto during simple ceremonies held at the Manila City Jail recently.
According to Cuy, the donation will be utilized to buy the supplies and materials needed of the livelihood projects of the jail bureau 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.
For her part, Alvarez said 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.
Yon mga kapatid natin dito sa loob ay tatawagin na natin inmate-preneur kasi pwede na silang magkatrabaho o magka-negosyo kahit nandito sila sa loob, she said.
CSFI is a non-government organization whose members are mostly in the business sector. It has 182 active members, including the spouses of party list representatives.
CSFI has been supporting the One Jail, One Product program of the BJMP for almost a year now.
In Manila City Jail Male and Female Dormitories where the turn-over ceremony was held, inmates are involved into customized coffin-making, painting, pastry-making, landscaping project, welding, carpentry, cosmetology, massage and reflexology and creation of designer bead bags.
Source: Department of the Interior and Local Government