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Davao Correctional Institution for Women now operational

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (28 September) -- The Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) in Mindanao, one of its kind outside Metro Manila, now accepts convicted female inmates from all over Mindanao.

Just very recently, CIW had its grand opening spearheaded by Womynet executive director Sis Jo Bacaltos; Womynet founding convenor Judge Adoracion Cruz-Avisado; Convenor Pat Montemayor; Adelina Royo, past district director of Soroptimist Int'l of Davao; Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario; P/Dir. Ricardo Dapat, BuCor Director; Congressman Antonio Ernesto Lagdameo, 2nd Cong'l district, Davao del Norte; Grace Taculin of BJMP; Fr. Bobby Genellia, chaplain, SADPC; and other government officials of Davao del Norte.

Located at Juan Acenas Sub-Colony, Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte, the CIW-Mindanao is a landmark facility established in response to the advocacy for Gender Responsiveness in all areas of governance, including the Correction and Rehabilitation of prisoners.

The CIW-Mindanao is a testimony that the Filipino people through the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Corrections give utmost priority and concern for fellow citizens, both women and men alike, who, despite having been sentenced for imprisonment, desire that their dignity and self-worth as human beings is upheld and respected.

The CIW-Mindanao is a milestone project, the first facility to be established outside Luzon after 70 years. The major breakthrough of accomplishing this task was achieved through the constant support and unwavering cooperation of the city government of Davao and NGOs as well as the people of Davao region.

The plan to establish a CIW in Mindanao came from the initiative of gender advocacy of the Women Network Group (Womynet) and other women organizations in Davao City. With the desire to alleviate the lives of the female inmates, the group invited partners from the government, NGOs and private sectors to make the project successful.

Active partners of the CIW-Mindanao are the Womynet, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Soroptimist International of Davao and Zonta Club 1 and 2. (Womynet/PIA) [top]

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