Inmates in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) District Jail in Balungao, Pangasinan sells its various handmade products online.
Jail officer 1 Sharifa Francia said Tuesday the movement restrictions due to the pandemic limited the selling of products made by the persons deprived of liberty (PDL), prompting them to open a Shopee account where their goods can be availed of.
“This is more convenient and fast as compared to when our staff here deliver the products to the consumers,” she said.
The initiative is part of the livelihood program of BJMP Balungao to provide income to the PDLs while they are inside the facility.
Among the products being sold through their Shopee account are rattan baskets, beaded wall ornaments, beaded bonsai trees, diesel kalan, and made-to-order aluminum and glassworks, among others.
“We will be introducing more new products soon by God’s grace,” Francia said.
The product prices range from P180 to P900 each.
“The livelihood program of BJMP has been established for the past years. For instance, basket-making has already been a source of income for most PDL for five years now,” she said.
Francia said before the pandemic, the PDLs’ income was given to their families while some saved for themselves.
“The capital for the products was provided by civic and religious groups,” she added.