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The Puerto Princesa City Jail (PPCJ) has continued its regular skills training program for inmates amidst the lockdown restrictions, but ensured that the activity observed social distancing.

The jail facility said it recently conducted a training on rug making but only for a limited number of inmates or persons deprived of liberty (PDL) in keeping with the guidelines to observe social distancing.

“Thirteen males at 6 na females, kasi yong space siyempre kailangan may social distancing, ‘yon lang ‘yong capacity kapag sinunod natin ang social distancing. Yung mga kasali po dito is yong wala pong ginagawa at interesado, ‘yon po ang pinili namin na makapag-attend,” F01 Filly Erika Argueza, community relations officer of PPCJ, told Palawan News.

The training was facilitated by JO2 Clifford Cortes, skills enhancement officer.

Argueza said they are hoping that the skills acquired by the participating inmates will eventually allow them to sell rugs made out of plastic sacks and pieces of used clothing as additional livelihood for PDLs.

This initiative was under the leadership of JSINSP Irene Gaspar, warden, with the guidance of JSSUPT Jolly Castigo Taguiam Jr., Regional Director of the Jail Bureau.

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