Solon urges DepEd to adopt an educational program for inmates

Give them education while they are incarcerated and these inmates will be good citizens after they get out of jail.

This was the contention of Rep. Winston Castelo (2nd District, Quezon City) in filing House Resolution 2342 urging the Department of
Education (DepEd) to come up with a curriculum for inmates who are interested in pursuing their studies while serving their term.

Castelo said half of the 12,000 inmates in the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City did not finish grade school.

The seven operating units under the Bureau of Correction (BuCor) are the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City, the Correctional
Institution for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City, the CIW Mindanao, Panabo, Davao, the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, the Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm in Occidental Mindoro, the San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm in Zamboanga City, the Leyte Regional Prison in Abuyog, Leyte and the Davao Prison and Penal Farm in Panabo, Davao.

“This reality indicates that the low level of educational attainment of persons or individuals could be the single greatest factor why such personalities find themselves within the threshold of violating existing laws akin to the commission of a wide range of crimes,”
Castelo said.

Castelo cited policy of the State giving priority to education, science and technology, arts, culture, and sports to foster patriotism
and nationalism accelerate social progress and promote total human liberation and development.

At present, under BuCor’s rehabilitation program, inmates are given an opportunity to experience formal education classes from intermediate, secondary to collegiate courses.

Likewise, inmates also taking vocational and livelihood skills training like basic electronics and automotive repair, practical
electricity, handicraft making, art paintings, clothing designs, basic welding, and computer literacy courses for juvenile offenders are
offered. A sub-program dubbed Alternative Learning System deals with adult literacy and values formation.

In the United States, a study shows that prison education is significant because it contributes to reduced recidivism among inmates
attending classes or training while in prison.

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