Over 130K inmates enroll in alternative learning system

December 30, 2019

THE enrollment of at least 136,046 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) highlighted 2019 for the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) for year 2019 with some 8,045 PDLs have completed vocational and technical trainings and others still on active schooling chores.

BJMP chief Director Allan Iral is  encouraging PDLs to participate in the bureau’s educational programsthat not only make them learn but also help them regain their self-esteem while maintaining a positive disposition in life.  

Iral cited the case of one Jumar Ullang, a former PDL of Isabela City Jail, who strived hard and eventually finished his high school while in jail through the (ALS) before the charges he was facing were dismissed for lack of merit.

Ullang now is a registered Criminologist and hoping to become a jail officer soon.

It was a remarkable 2019 for the BJMP following the increase of the number of PDLs who benefited from its welfare and development programs not to mention the series of recognition the agency received on its public service delivery.

“While we are confronted with lots of challenges this year, I am humbled by the cooperation and efforts of my colleagues in ensuring the security and welfare of PDL under our care,” said Iral  as he commended the jail personnel for a successful year.