Davao offers college programs inside prison

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The two-story tertiary school building inside the Davao City Jail is almost complete. It is the country’s first ever school inside a detention facility.

The project was allotted with P2 million by the Social Enterprise Inc. (SEI)

According to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), information technology and social science related courses will be initially available for qualified inmates.

BJMP Region 11 will assess if an inmate is qualified based on an inmate’s attitude inside the prison.

“Our baseline is, firstly, those who graduated through the ALS or the Alternative Learning System… inmates who have completed high school and those who are in college level may qualify,” said BJMP Region 11 spokesperson, Chief Insp. Pio Rosero.

Exterior perspective of the two-story tertiary school building inside the Davao City Jail

Exterior perspective of the two-story tertiary school building inside the Davao City Jail

Aside from the BJMP, the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) will also conduct a screening process to identify qualified inmates.

USEP is the service provider of the school inside the prison.

The project is expected to be completed before June when classes are expected to begin for the first batch of student inmates.

60 inmates will be granted scholarship as the pioneering batch this coming school year.

The BJMP assures that the teachers will have a safe environment inside the school since the school is far from the prison cells.

“The BJMP and service providers will indeed sit down and talk about how to protect the facility where teachers will serve in the said school,” said Chief Insp. Rosero. — Janice Ingente | UNTV News and Rescue

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