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PIA Press Release
2006/09/02

Davao women jail detainees engages in productive venture

Davao City (2 September) -- The Women at the correctional facility in the Ma-a city jail, are now spending their time producing cellphone accessories for a local mall in the city.

Female warden SInsp. Grace Son Taculin of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP-XI) in an interview Friday after guesting the Kapehan sa PIA said about 20 women were involved of a project where they crochet cellphone cases for the NCCC Mall.

She said each of them could finish three cellphone cases daily and they were able to complete 900 pieces for their first delivery.

The women are paid P25 per ball of thread that could produce three cases.

"This is a project with the mall where NCCC provides the thread and the women are paid for the labor which they use to buy for their toiletries because only food is provided by the government," she said.

"They are now in the process of working on the next order for 350 celfone cases," she said.

Taculin said there are 97 women inmates at the city jail and 52 percent of them involve in drug related cases.

Meanwhile she said inmates of the region total to about 1,466. Of the figure, 1,345 are male while women accounted to 121.

She said 113 are sentenced while the remaining 1,353 with ongoing trial and the longest trial is for nine years now.

On children with conflict of the law (CCL), as of August 2006 the figure went down to 16 from the 62 cases in August 2005.

Of the 16 current CCL, one is a 17-year old girl involve in carnapping.

Taculin attributed the decrease to the passage of Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice Act of 2006.

She said the implementing rules and regulations that was approved on April 28, 2006 made possible the transfer of CCL cases to either the rehabilitation centers or to the parents.

The law she said requires those children in conflict with the law aged 15 and below does not have criminal liability except for civil liability nga dapat tubagon sa mga ginikanan.

She cautioned the children that with this kind of privilege they should not spend their youthful years in committing crime. (PIA XI/pdbanzon) [top]

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