One’s life must continue to grow and bloom. However, life is dotted with trials and challenges that give the bitter taste of failure and crash. After committing mistakes, how do our fellow country people behind cold bars start?
The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) believes there is always a way to nurture the offenders as responsible persons.
Even behind bars, the Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) of the BJMP Female Dormitory in Tarlac City have never stopped engaging with activities that help with their renewal prior to their reintegration in the society.
According to BJMP Female Dormitory Jail Inspector Cecilia Tamayo, the agency is keen on pushing the motto Changing Lives, Building a Safer Nation through extending humane efforts to empower all female PDL.
Part of the empowerment program is the skills training in which PDL craft various products out of beads, particularly flowers.
“This program is one of the best ways for us to continue to learn new skills and to show that even though we are not yet outside, we can still grow and bloom like these flower beads that we are producing,” Grace (not her real name), a 30-year-old female PDL said.
A flower bead may seem simple and puny to others, but this labor of love reflects the women’s measured efforts towards self-improvement. The products have also become a source of income for the female PDL while they are still under custody and awaiting trial.
BJMP strives to rebuild a strong foundation of trust and confidence among the PDL and ensure that the facility is not a place for punishment but for restoration and character development.
Grace is one of the PDL who has chosen to revive her natural pigment. She chose to continue nurturing her confidence and sense of purpose. She believes that this phase is a test of faith and an eye-opener that leads them to the discovery of best versions of themselves.
“Aside from this, we continue to know ourselves and discover other talents that will give us some hope realizing that even though we are in jail, it is not the end of everything in our lives,” she shared.
Spending a day with female PDL will make one realize that not all of them are criminals.
“Not all of us who are here in jail are considered criminals or bad person. Many of us were just lost in the right track because of poverty. But despite this, we’re still hoping to have a new start and a better life with our families,” Grace said.
With joint assistance of the government and private organizations, BJMP continues to provide PDL with the right values formation. Steadily, the agency is transforming the lives of every PDL as productive and responsible citizens. BJMP is a facility that recognizes the dignity of every person behind bars and guarantees full respect of human rights.
The flower beads have been featured in various trade fairs and were patronized as souvenirs and gifts, even reaching other countries. Just like the beads, one day, the PDL will blossom and reach their full potential.