College Education Behind Bars

MOA Signing for Education Behind Bars Program

Dr. Aland Mizell, President of Social Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Business Institute (SETBI); Atty. Susan Cariaga, Vice President of SETBI; USeP President, Dr. Lourdes Generalao; and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Chief, Serafin Barretto Jr., signed the Memorandum of Agreement that allows men and women in prison to enhance skills critical to completing a college degree inside the jail.

The signing of the MOA among the USeP, the SETBI, and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology established a program on Prison Rehabilitation and College Education Behind Bars, partners these entities in a comprehensive college educational program for the detainees in Ma-a Jail of Davao City. According to the SETBI, the pilot program aims to reduce recidivism and to improve work and life choices after the release of the detainees. Both building trusting personal relationships and completing a degree will significantly increase prisoners' chances for success when returning to the community. The signing took place on September 28, 2016, at the House of Representative, Batasan Road, Batasan Hills, Quezon City, and it was witnessed by Congresswoman Mylene Garcia-Albano of the Second District of Davao City and Atty. Lily Freida M. Milla, CESO IV, Director III, International Affairs Staff, and Commission on Higher Education.

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