AFTER more than two decades in the public service at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Jail Superintendent Grace Sun Taculin has surrendered her badge pinned near her heart with pride and honor during the testimonial honor to her on August 1 at Sunny Point, Maa, Davao City.
“To my peers who evidently showed their resistance whenever I introduce changes, it made me explore all the feasibilities not to settle for less. To my junior officers and staff, your obedience and faith made me deliver what is expected to me. To my family, your support and understanding are vital for all the success that I have now,” Taculin said. She was granted optional retirement from the Bureau effective on that day.
Taculin was born on July 8, 1964 in Masara, Mabini, Davao Del Norte. As a child, she was described as a shy-type and kind of aloof who grew up in a conservative family. In fact, during her high school years, her ambition was to be a nun but as time passed by, it changed instead she took and graduated a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Despite the demand of her work, she was able to raise her two successful kids as a single parent. Her eldest son is now a registered nurse, real estate broker, environmental planner and an assessor. While her daughter who is also a registered nurse, is now a doctor of medicine. She has been a great provider for her family and never failed to meet their needs in many aspects, may it be financial, emotional and parental needs. Indeed, she portrays an ideal image of a mother.
Jennelle T. Pacatang, Taculin’s daughter during her message, narrated her childhood experience having her mother away from her while growing up due to assignments. She said that when she was young, she was always longing to see her.
“There are times when I always look at our front gate and waited for her to come home like a dog waiting for its master. Finally, when she arrived, I was relieved and filled with happiness. I thought we would be finally together only to find out she was assigned somewhere far away. After that, we only see each other every weekend. It was tough for a young child who only wants her mother to be beside her all the time,” she said. As she matured, she realized all the sacrifices her mother has done to provide their needs.
Journey to BJMP
On July 01, 1997, Taculin entered the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and did not settle for what she has accomplished. She continues to aspire for higher education and finish her Master’s Degree in Development Administration at the University of Southeastern Philippines which became her passport to qualify for Lateral Entry Class.
Taculin was the first female officer who served as the female warden during the separation of female inmates from the male facility. As a warden of Davao City Female Jail, she was one of the prime movers in the formulation of the Women’s Code of Davao City, wherein she sat down as a member of its Technical Working Committee together with the Women Network Group Director Sister Josephine Bacaltos and the Local Government Unit of Davao City which led to the creation of the Gawad Kalinga Ray of Hope Village.
In her 22 years in BJMP, she has been a recipient of numerous awards and recognitions from the Jail Bureau. In 2016, she was held as the Best City Jail Warden of the year and as the Senior Officer of the Day in 2017. She was a recipient of BJMP Medalya ng Kasanayan in 2004. In 2002, she was also held as the Staff Officer of the Year of BJMP R-11. In 1999, she received the Philippine Drug Abuse Resistance Education Presidential Efficiency Award just two years after she joined the Bureau.
She was also part of the establishment of the Gawad Kalinga Ray of Hope Village, the College Behind Bars, Davao City Jail Special Court, Tele-hearing, IBP Lawyers Lounge, the cntruction of DCJ Post 2, and the State of the Art Jail Facility located in Wangan, Calinan (New Davao City Jail).
“I am turning over this badge to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology as a symbol of my dedication in my 22 years in the service,” she said.