Contributed by JO1 Jason Luken, Bataan District Jail
CAPITOL COMPOUND, Bataan – Jail Officer 1 Jason Luken and Melissa Deldoc were awarded as Best Male and Female Junior Non-commissioned Officers of the Year during the 26th Anniversary of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Region III last August 30, 2017 held in San Fernando Pampanga.
Luken and Deldoc are personnel of Bataan District Jail under the Inmates and Welfare Development Office. Luken is the Chief Educational, Sports and Recreational Unit while Deldoc is incharge of the Livelihood and Skills Enhancement Unit.
This is actually the second consecutive award given to JO1 Luken for he was awarded as the Best IWD Junior Officer last year. Being the head of the literacy development, JO1 Luken primarily acts as the Alternative Learning System facilitator for the Secondary and Elementary levels and he also serves as the Instructional Manager. He also teaches some academic subjects in high school and tutorial lessons for the Basic Learning Program. For three years, he has been working with other personnel for numerous activities promoting the skills and talents of the detainees in sports and other recreational activities.
Deldoc on the other hand, primarily continues to work with the jail’s stakeholders such as the BPSU to conduct several skills training duly certified by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) with a total of 409 skilled inmates. She introduced various livelihood projects to the residents such as wallet making using recycled materials, miniature houses, picture frames made of popsicle and bamboo stick and other projects that may help them earn while they are temporarily incarcerated in this unit. Fueled by her passion to help the residents she does not hesitate to step out of her comfort zone and continues to inspire them so as not to lose hope despite their present situation.
Through their efforts, BDJ has produced hundreds of high school graduates and skilled workers ready to become productive citizens upon their release.
Aside from the individual awards of the said personnel, Bataan District Jail was also named as the Best District Jail and Best Inmates Welfare Development Program Implementer of the Year, region wide. These awards prove the efficiency of the whole Bataan District Jail personnel when it comes to delivering their services to the people deprived of their liberty.
Furthermore, the stakeholders who played the major contribution to the success of the jail programs were also recognized. They are Dr. Bernadeth Gabor and Dr. Ruby Matibag both from the Bataan Peninsula State University and the university itself. Dr. Gabor, due to her consistent implementation of skills development programs, the competencies of the residents were enhanced making them good prospects in manpower upon their release. Dr. Matibag spearheaded annual Health Congress involving Medical and Dental Mission and making BDJ the first jail to acquire and utilize the RX Box in the entire nation.