Photo courtesy of Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Palawan.

The Puerto Princesa City Jail (PPCJ) recently conducted simultaneous seminars geared at helping both personnel and inmates cope with the stress brought about by the ongoing lockdown.

On April 8, the PPCJ conducted a stress management seminar and just recently, on April 14, a Suicide Prevention and High Functioning Depression seminar.

F01 Robert Lozada, jail nurse, told Palawan News on Wednesday that they conducted the activities to help both personnel and PDLs manage their stress because of the extended quarantine.

“Mahalaga po ang impact ng activities na ito, ang kini-create po natin dito syempre magkaraoon ng malinaw na pag-iisip ang ating mga PDL at personnel. Lalo na po sa mga personnel para magampanan nila ang trabaho ng maayos kasi bago lang tayo sa ganitong pandemic hindi tayo sanay, kaya more on awareness ang ginagawa natin ang self-reflection. Para mas maging maayos yong pag-implement ng mga trabaho, kasi kung maayos tayo sa sarili natin, mas mapapangalagaan natin ng maayos ang nga PDL natin dito sa loob,” he said.


Photo courtesy of Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Palawan.

He also shared that the High Functioning Depression lecture can be applied to personnel who might be experiencing depression.

Lozada said that aside from seminars and lectures, they are also conducting sports and recreational activities and the latest is cinema therapy, wherein they are showing movies to the PDLs every 6 in the evening.

“Itong high functioning depression ay applicable po sa mga working, ito pong depression na ito ay hindi mo makikita agad sa tao, kasi nga nagagawa pa niya ‘yong mga tasks in a way pero ‘yon pala depress siya. Kaya po may mga activity tayong ganito, may mga mental exercises po para marelieve po ‘yong stress, tapos physical activities, and lahat po ng pwedeng pagkalibangan ng mga personnel habang wala silang duty,” he said.

Another activity being conducted while on lockdown is online daily prayer and online masses conducted by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) priests.

Lozada said that the whole management of PPCJ and its personnel is assuring the public and the relatives of the PDLs that they are doing everything to continue the skills development and enhancement training and seminars for them.

The activity is with the guidance of JSSUPT Jolly Castigo Taguiam Jr., regional director and under the supervision of JSINSP Irene Gaspar, Jail Warden.

“Habang patuloy po ang enhanced community quarantine at BJMP lockdown, rest assured po ang public at relatives po ng PDL natin na tuloy tuloy po ang ginagawa nating hakbang para sa development nila kahit nakalockdown para hindi rin sila ma-stress sa mga pangyayari, may ginagawa po tayong mga activities,” he said.

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