(Photo: Levi Evangelista | Seventy-nine qualified persons deprived of liberty (PDL) with disabilities committed inside Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (IPPF) have received on August 02 the first allowance from the city government through Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office (PDAO))

Seventy-nine inmates of the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (IPPF) who are persons with disabilities (PWDs) will receive a P600 quarterly allowance from the Puerto Princesa City government starting August.

Levi Evangelista, corrections technical officer and IPPF spokesperson, said the quarterly allowance will be released through the Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office (PDAO).

“Malaking bagay ito sa ating mga inmates na may kapansanan na bagama’t nakapiit ay napabilang sa mabibigyan ng allowance na pinagkakaloob ng city government through the office of the PDAO,” Evangelista said.

He added that inmates who are PWDs were issued certifications by the IPPF medical officer to support their claims that they have disabilities.

The inmates were also given PWD identification cards and discount forms issued last August 2.

The beneficiaries are committed inmates at the central and the subcolonies in Montible, Inagawan, and Sta. Lucia.

It is the first time that inmates in Iwahig and the subcolonies will be receiving benefits from the city government, said Evangelista.