BALANGA CITY, Bataan – With the assistance of the Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) thru its Office of Extension Services (OES), the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) here has been producing a good number of skilled workers.
This was learned from BJMP Warden Supt. Clarence Mayangao who proudly reported that one inmate was able to earn three diplomas while in detention. “Just imagine, this inmate who has been in jail for nine years was able to earn three various diplomas while inside the jail? This inmate has become the model for other inmates here,” said Col. Mayangao.
Although not a native of Bataan, Mayangao is seriously concerned with the well-being of the inmates now close to 1,500 by initiating medical programs, constructing various facilities to the point of sometimes using his personal money.
BPSU has been providing technical services/trainings to the inmates as part of its community and sectors programs, enabling hundreds of inmates to learn various vocational courses while detained. Bernadeth Gabor, Assistant Director for OES, said that a total of 436 hours should be completed by an inmate student to officially finish his course in baking, welding, electrical wiring and installation, plumbing, entrepreneurship, value-adding and others. Gabor and Mayangao has been discussing the next batch of students who had enrolled in the next semester, saying their vocational courses are being recognized by the government’s Technological, Educational and Scientific Development Authority (TESDA).