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Bulacan inmates earn thru buntal weaving
By: PPAO
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
CITY OF MALOLOS— Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado continuously gives support to the inmates at Bulacan Provincial Jail thru the implementation of work and livelihood program such as Buntal Hat Weaving Training.

Alvarado said that the Provincial Government of Bulacan (PGB) corroborated with the proposal of Rosie Decasa, tourism officer and number one exporter of Buntal, for the inmates to undergo training and to take part in the promotion and expansion of the Baliwag Buntal industry, as well as keeping alive the art of buntal hat weaving.

Through the guidance of Decasa, 30 prisoners were trained in buntal hat weaving internationally known as Panama hat but only 25 of them successfully passed the said training and are now earning money.

According to Col. Pepito B. Plamenco (Ret.), provincial warden, the inmate weavers were paid from P160 up to P240 (labor cost) for each finished fine-weaved hat.

Aside from the earnings that they are receiving, it is hoped that these inmates will be able to help meet the demands for buntal products abroad.
Buntal hat weaving has become the inmates’ hobby thus making their stay in BPJ productive and meaningful.

Meanwhile, the detainess had their graduation on Alternative Learning System and Livelihood Program of Kabanyuhay last May 18, 2011 at BPJ Plaza.
In partnership with the Bulacan State University, 13 inmates received certificate of completion in elementary and secondary while 48 detainees were awarded certificates for the livelihood training for accessories making, and yema balls, chocolate candy, banana chips and pastillas de leche making.

Moreover, Alvarado pledged to support the livelihood projects of the inmates while their respective cases are still under litigation. Some of the products that the detainees are currently selling in their pasalubong store are candles, candies, sampaloc candy, pulvoron and other handicrafts. Inmates were also trained on product recycling and offers services like massage therapy.

To date, 2,145 prisoners are detained at the BPJ and 86 juvenile delinquents at the Tanglaw Pag-asa Juvenile Center. ###

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