#HopelessNoMore: GIVING HOPE FOR INMATES & DETAINEES IN MALABON CITY JAIL BAKERY THROUGH FOOD SAFETY
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By: Aileen Fay M. Villegas
Although life behind bars is no joke, inmates and detainees in Malabon City Jail still manage to make the most out of their time by baking.
In April 2015, a livelihood program called “Pandesal for Life” was established specifically for the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Malabon through the initiative of the first lady of Malabon, Chef Melissa Sison-Oreta. It serves as one of the rehabilitation projects for the inmates of the city jail in order to help them cope with prison life and ultimately, boost their morale and self-worth.
In support of this program, the Department of Science and Technology-National Capital Region, in collaboration with the City Government of Malabon, conducted a Seminar on Food Safety, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), and Product Costing at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Malabon City last May 4, 2017.
Most of the inmates and detainees who attended the seminar are bakers at the Malabon City Jail Bakery. In sum, 20 inmates and detainees and 21 BJMP personnel were given a lecture on Food Safety Awareness by Ms. Aileen Fay M. Villegas, Science Research Specialist II; and a lecture on Basic GMP discussed by Mr. Carlos Antonio M. Peña, Science Research Specialist II and Certified ServSafe Food Protection Manager.