Forty four persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) graduated Monday on a skills training program conducted by a state university here.
Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) dean of College of Technology and Hope Behind Bar program leader Dr. Bernadeth Gabor said 44 male and female PDLs finished the courses in Food and Beverage Services and Bread and Pastry.
Dayanara Baciles, common-in-law wife of a PDL said, “I am very happy that my husband learned new skill he could use to earn when he goes out of jail soon. I profusely thank the jail management and BPSU for the program”.
“The Hope Behind Bar program has already trained many PDLs with various skills here in our district jail”, Bataan District warden Jail Superintendent Andrew Tauli earlier said.
“The program has huge impact to the lives of PDLs here”, he said.
For her part Gabor said, “Many of those in jail are hopeful that there will be life after detention. We need to accept and support them”.
She also announced that Hope Behind Bar program will receive from Civil Service Commission Region 3 on Friday the CSC Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award as Semi-Finalist to the 2019 Search for Outstanding Government Workers.