Despite the misdemeanor, the humanity in our brothers and sisters who are behind bars is still there.
The inmates of Butuan’s Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) proved this fact to the personnel of the Philippine Coconut Authority during the latter’s conduct of Coir (Coconut Fiber) Twining at Butuan City Jail on August 3, 2011.
According to PCA Administrator Euclides G. Forbes, the training was initiated by PCA as a livelihood project for the inmates whereby additional income could be derived to support their families despite their detention. It is likewise a means to develop camaraderie among the inmates.
The PCA team provided the three (3) units of manual twining machines and ten (10) sacks of coir used during the training.
PCA Region 13 Regional Manager Roberto A. Manlunas observed that after a week of training, the inmates continuously produced coir twines with utmost zeal. Accordingly, they requested 50 units of twining machines and continuous supply of coir for processing. Administrator Forbes has assured them of continued support through provision of additional twining machines.
With the success of this project, Administrator Forbes assured the public that a comprehensive project proposal is currently prepared. The project will be replicated in other jails among coconut growing areas.
The BJMP – Butuan City acknowledged the endeavor of the PCA – Region 13 for this worthwhile assistance. Coconut Media Service, PHILIPPINE COCONUT AUTHORITY