Feature: BJMP inmates now into making coffins

MANILA- After teaching inmates to do arts and crafts, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP)now has another innovative idea to help them fight boredom and make them earn a living: making coffins.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael 'Mike' D. Sueno said prisoners of the Manila City Jail are doing a brisk business in selling coffins which they themselves made while in the confines of the jail facility.

"We really have to be creative in thinking of ways on how we can rehabilitate these detainees while they are in the jail bureau's custody.Coffin-making is one of the things that BJMP has introduced lately, and inmates are getting good money out of it," said Sueno.

A brainchild of BJMP Director CSupt. Serafin Barreto,Jr. and Manila City Jail Warden Supt. Gerard Bantag, the Affordable Coffers with Personalized Touch program was launched for the welfare and development of the inmates in preparation for their release from the custody of the BJMP.

The price of the coffin made by the inmates ranges from P4,600 to P6,000 depending on the design and materials that are used.

"Kung ano ang request ng client,iyon ang gagawin ng mga inmates,"says Bantag.

Some of the designs that MCJ inmates have made so far are coffins painted with the camouflage of the Armed Forces of the Philippines(AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology(BJMP).And there are also Frank Sinatra and Hello Kitty-inspired coffins.

On the other hand, Barreto said they encourage visitors and guests of inmates to act as marketing agents so they too can earn their own income.

"Maganda ang project na ito dahil may pinagkakakitaan na sila,nakakatulong pa tayo sa mga kababayan natin na nahihirapang makabili ng ganitong quality ng ataul,"he said.

Source: Philippines Information Agency

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