Arts, Handicrafts of PDL on Display at BJMP Anniversary Fair – Manila Bulletin

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Various art and handicrafts made by Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) are on display at the Bureau of Prisons Management and Penology (BJMP) Region 3 five-day anniversary trade fair which kicked off on Friday 12 August at SM City Marilao.

Director of the National Headquarters of the Bureau of Prisons Management and Penology (BJMP) for the Chief Superintendent of Welfare and Development. Felixberto S. Jagorin Jr. and Marilao Municipal Mayor Executive Assistant Froilan Angeles lead the opening ceremony for the five-day trade fair at SM City Marilao on Friday, August 12, 2022. Also pictured (L-R) are Atty. Jayric Amil, head of the Provincial Office for the Development of Cooperatives and Enterprises; Engineer Janette Aguilera, Deputy Director SM Marilao; BJMP Regional Director Supt. Rebecca Pawid; DTI Negosyo Center Business Advisor Jelly Magno; Emmanuel Gartmaitan, Director of SM Marilao, Engineer and Provincial Director of History, Arts, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Eliseo dela Cruz. (Freddie C. Velez)

BJMP Regional Director Supt. Rebecca B. Pawid, said the arts and products made by the PDLs come from Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Bataan and Zambales.

She said their annual celebration is not just about the hard work and sacrifice of their staff or agency, but also recognizing the skills, know-how and above all the transformation of the PDLs held in 37 prisons in the center of Luzon.

BJMP National Headquarters Director for Welfare and Development Supt. Felixberto S. Jagorin Jr. said the purpose of the trade fair is to open an avenue where people can patronize the creation of PDLs.

“The Trade Fair here at SM is an avenue for our PDLs to generate income while in confinement at the facility for their personal upkeep and financial support for their families,” he said.

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

He said they wanted to showcase their skills to let them know that their situation does not make them less as a person but that they have the ability to change, grow and develop.

Among the products displayed at the BJMP anniversary fair are art paintings, indigenous bags with hand-painted patterns, string bags, baskets, beaded accessories, piggy banks, carpets, handicrafts , home decorations and pastries.

Proceeds from the show will be donated directly to PDL.

The programs are undertaken in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The Department of Education (DepEd) through the Alternative Learning System assists BJMP in the education of PDLs. (Freddie C. Velez)

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