Already popular for the dancing inmates, the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) will venture into food production as part of its rehabilitation program.
Capitol Consultant on Security and Jail Matters Marco Toral said since they are supplying 1,700 pieces of bread dailyto the inmates, they better bake their own bread as the facility has baking equipment. The overall commander of the inmates, Lito Granada, used to be a baker of a popular bakeshop.
Currently, the inmates produce around 3,000 pieces of bread per day. Aside from their snacks, orders are distributed to the Capitol, United Coconut Planters Bank, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) 7.
“Ang atong advantage sa bakery kay less ang cost sa manpower. Sa gawas ang minimum wage kay P327 ang diri kay P20 ra unya ang quality sa bread parehas ra,” Toral said. He further stated that they are still looking at increasing their production as soon as they can find additional buyers.
The bread is sold at 4 pesoseach. For every piece of bread sold, each baker earns one peso. The available varieties of bread are Pandesal, Francis, Belgian and Banana Cake.
For the women detainees, they are now engaged in puso-making. Toral said they want to supply the stall owners in Larsian- a barbecue food house owned by the province located near the Fuente Osmeña Circle.
In addition, for those who did not graduate high school, the province has secured an agreement with the Department of Education to enroll the inmates in their Alternative Learning System. “This is to give the inmates the opportunity to finish high school while serving sentence here,” Toral added.
The CPDRC also tapped Tesda to train those who are interested in welding, refrigeration and air-conditioning, and cell phone repair. Toral said the services of Tesda and Deped including the equipment, which will be used during the training, are all provided for by the province free of charge.
The Cebu provincial government, under the leadership of Governor Hilario P. Davide III, envisions a Cebu where anyone wanting to learn will have the opportunity to acquire skills and anyone willing to work can make a living. (Xerxes Alkuino)