Davao prison farm, Tadeco intensify livelihood training for inmates

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Sunday, June 26, 2011


THE Davao Prison and Penal Farm (DPPF), formerly known as Dapecol, has partnered with Tagum Agricultural Development Company (Tadeco) and Don Antonio O. Floirendo, Sr. Foundation in launching an intensified program designed to facilitate skills enhancement and livelihood trainings for inmates.

To implement the program, a Memorandum of Agreement was forged among these groups and company as well as institutions like the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) and the local government of BE Dujali, last June 15 at DPPF Conference Hall in Barangay Tanglaw, BE Dujali, Davao del Norte.

Supt. Venancio J. Tesoro of the DPPF-Tadeco, said the agreement will become a template for similar ventures to be reproduced in regional correctional institution around the country contemplated by the correctional system.

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“From this small effort, we will be making history, which will be affecting the entire Philippine landscape of correction,” he said.

Floirendo Foundation and Tadeco will extend technical and financial assistance for the implementation of the program. Tesda, on the other hand, will administer trainings to enhance the agricultural, technical and industrial skills of the inmates.

"We are going to head the direction [of] a person coming out from this institution, on where to go and how to manage his or her life," Urbano B. Budtan, Tesda-Davao Region director, said.

Budtan added that the inmates must have the capability to utilize their skills and learning inside DPPF to be able to lead their lives upon their release.

"With this, let us continue to join our efforts together and let us pray that the God Almighty will guide us along in our journey to help the inmates," Budtan said.

"This small effort, sabi nga nila [is just] one step, pero it can make a great help," Tesoro added.

Vice president for Services Division of Tadeco Edgardo B. Espiritu, Floirendo Foundation programs director Russell U. Barrizo, and Peso and Community Training and Employment Coordinator Abel T. Pagatpat who represented Dujali Mayor Lolita Moral, also graced the MOA signing.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 27, 2011.

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