Christmas lanterns and other products made by persons deprived of liberty (PDL) at the Puerto Princesa City Jail (PPCJ) are now displayed for sale in their newly opened Livelihood Products Display Center in Barangay Tiniguiban.
The livelihood display center which formally opened on December 8 now sells them at affordable prices, said Jail Insp. Irene Gaspar, warden of the PPCJ.
Aside from the Christmas traditional parol that the detainees sell, other products available as gifts this holiday season are money banks made of coconut, figurines, rugs, bracelets, and other souvenir items.
“Inilunsad natin noong nakaraang linggo ang livelihood display center para matulungan ang ating mga PDLs. Makikita natin dito ang iba’t-ibang hand-made products ng mga PDL na puwede nating ipang-regalo ngayong pasko,” she said.
Gaspar added that their management initiated the center because of the need to showcase the skills of the inmates when it comes to making handicrafts.
She said all profits shall be given to the inmates which they can save or send to their families outside.
Rugs can be bought for P60 while the Christmas lanterns at P950. She said they are working on having more skills training for the PDL which can help in their reformation, such as improving their attitude.
She metioned that they are working on having skills training for the PDL to improve more there handicraft talent.
Meanwhile, Gaspar has a message to the Palaweños to support their products in order for them to feel that they are still productive.
“Sana po tangkilikin natin ang mga produkto ng ating mga PDL. Pinaghirapan nila ito dahil gusto natin or ini-aim natin na maging productive sila. Para hindi masayang ang mga oras nila habang hinihintay nila ang pagdinig sa kanilang mga kaso. Hindi natin sila pinapabayaan upang maramdaman nila na sila ay kapaki-pakinabang despite na nasa loob sila ng kulungan,” he said.
The christmas lanterns will be displayed until the end of the year.