Christ­mas lanterns in jail

Tempo - - News - (Mark Gar­cia)

BA­COLOD CITY – The spirit of Christ­mas knows no bound­aries, even if you are be­hind bars.

A ray of hope shone to the 830 Per­sons De­prived of Lib­erty (PDLs) of Metro Ba­colod Dis­trict Jail Male Dor­mi­tory An­nex in Brgy. Han­du­manan, Ba­colod City as they lit up the Christ­mas Vil­lage within their com­pound this week, il­lu­mi­nated by lanterns or parols they made from re­cy­cled and indige­nous ma­te­ri­als.

Not only do they give them hope, the lanterns also bring in­come.

Jail war­den Nor­berto Mi­ciano said that this is one of their re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grams for the PDLs to help them boost their cre­ativ­ity by us­ing re­sources avail­able to them and make them feel that it is al­ready Christ­mas sea­son.

“We want them to feel that they are still im­por­tant to the so­ci­ety, that when they get out of the fa­cil­ity they will be ac­cepted,” Mi­ciano said.

This is the first time that the an­nex com­pound put up a Christ­mas vil­lage that fea­tures the fancy parols of each of the 11 dor­mi­to­ries that are lit up ev­ery night, start­ing Dec. 4 until the first week of Jan­uary.

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