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New facilities bring hope to Davao City jail inmates

by RG Alama

Davao City (5 September) -- A new jail facility, an innovative concept in jail management and the Gawad Kalinga program is being implemented inside the Davao City Jail.

Called the Ray of Hope village, the first GK village located in a jail facility is a 5,200 square meter, 20-cottage center very different from the usual congested jails.

Brightly painted in colorful designs, the women-only facility has cottages which houses the sleeping quarters of the female inmates by night and transformed into a skills and livelihood training center, prayer house, study center by day.

The cottages in 10-duplex houses have comfort rooms, built-in cabinets, tables and desks and other decent amenities not found in other jails. It aims to provide a venue conducive for the spiritual and social transformation of the female inmates.

According to Maa City Jail Inspector Grace Taculin, the Ray of Hope does away with the iron grills and cell-type jail facility as the Ray of Hope looks like a small GK village. "This is the only one of its kind in the country." Taculin says it houses the 100 female inmates of the City Jail.

It also helps decongests the city jail, the space once occupied by the females can now be used to add space for the 1,000 male inmates cramped in a compound that is designed to house only 400 persons.

Aside from Gawad Kalinga, Davao City retail giant NCCC also helped in the realization of the compound. The village has its soft opening last August 3. (PIA XI) [top]

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