June 13, 2012

Life Inside: Doing The Right Thing at the BuCor

Recently I joined a bloggers’ tour of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City upon the invitation of Bureau of Corrections Director Gaudencio Pangilinan thru Ms. Divine Caraecle.
The New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City, is the main insular penitentiary designed to house the prison population of the Philippines. It is maintained by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) under the Philippine Department of Justice. The Bureau of Corrections has its headquarters in the NBP Reservation.

The Maximum Security Compound  has Its mandate  to rehabilitate the offenders. The New Bilibid Prisons have their chance to have productive and meaningful lives.

We see a big community with livelihood undertakings such as sari-sari stores, market (talipapa). Many different churches, chapels, and mosque for their different religious activities. The compound is also complete with basketball courts, tennis court, billiards, art galleries, wood carving and paintings.

Making them realize that each every individual have their own talent, enhancing them and putting them into practice to make them more productive citizens when time comes they were given another chance to come out and be a part of the human community, an important factor in the work for total human liberation, of those who are incarcerated, bringing them from the darkness to the light.

A song from Cmdr.Jaybee Sebastian, Paraiso Foundation Head
A great performance from Luis Gatchitorena, we found out that he was the Metro Pop Champion (1996)  when he was a free man.  
We see these works as rooted in the very relationship between God and His people, and the community.  We have seen things and people, with God’s help and divine intervention, working in mysterious ways to bring captive people back on the right track.
In effect, there was restoration – of personal liberty, of family and a community inside the penitentiary. The Bureau of Correction provides them an opportunity to start anew.
The Muntinlupa penitentiary is now a place not away from home, with the e-dalaw being provided for the detainees, which make them closer to their love ones. Physically they were deprived of their liberty, but not emotionally, with e-dalaw they can express their feelings, their love and concerns with their love ones especially their children in the outside world.

At the BuCor they provide peace and strength and even prosperity needed for everyone, rich detainee and poor alike, to enjoy life some of them don’t really intend to be in. Some victims of society they live in, of their weakness to commit sinful ways.

BuCor is paving the way for the detainees to have a brighter future ahead of them when time comes for them to re-join the community.

Bureau of Corrections Director Gaudencio Pangilinan, a man of vision and commitment, who is leading the way in bringing hope at the Bureau of Corrections in Muntinlupa.

Conference Room

Director Gaudencio Pangilinan, interviews and casual talks with the bloggers at the Conference Room
Inside the NBP Hospital
New facilities/ rooms for the prisons

 I read this (in a frame posted at the Gate 1), it is very meaningful and inspirational to everyone. 

A souvenir I bought from NBP wood carving man.

When I walked among the inmates at the Maximum Security Compound, I thought a bible verse...Corinthians 13. The greatest motivating force behind anyone and especially prison - is love.  Love for God.  Unconditional love for the inmate.  Love for the mission to which God has called. 

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

Thanks to BuCor people for giving us the chance to see what's inside NBP. Thanks Bureau of Corrections Director Gaudencio Pangilinan, Ms. Divine Caraecle, Ms. Maricar Celis Villiar, Jaybee Sebastian and Major Johnson Agbayani and all staff and inmates. 

Visit  www.bucor.gov.ph for more information.


JonaBQ said...

So this is How NBP looks like. It's so humbling seeing the photos.... e-dalaw is a great idea! For prisoners whose loved ones live far away. At least they have a chance to see and talk with their loved ones even through the computer.

Unknown said...

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
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Franc Ramon said...

Everybody deserves a second chance and It's good that they have livelihood programs for prisoners.

Sarin said...

The first photo in the post was stunning. Philippines is a beautiful place. The condition of your prisoners also seems to be so much better than in our place.

Colors and Grays said...

what a nice post. I didn't know that's how bilibid looks like till now.

Alexis Pedrico said...

Wow wow wow. They were really good painters..

Unknown said...

Gosh...they paint better than some painters outside... :D

DMV Agent said...

The best. This should go mainstream. :)

baterya said...

i remembered this when my band played for a group here.. i think it is an anniversary of their group.. we were invited to play some songs.. and I think we were paid or something i do not remember it was decade ago. and they gave us a maximum prison shirt color orange.. oh mentioning it.. where is that shirt. it was a favorite of mine. hahaha.. nice trip inside the new bilibid.. having been there.. it seems a small town. woot

Lady Patchy said...

wow, the bilibid prison is high tech .they have everything that that the outside world has. sa mag tatamad tamad at ayaw magbanat ng buto, this is the right palce for you

lalalaPatricia said...

Yayks never tried going to the prison! Is it dangerous or what? I'm scared haha Looks like you had a great experience! Thanks for sharing! :)

lonerzone said...

WoW! My idea of a prison cell has totally changed. With this kind of place, there must be total transformation if only an inmate wants to transform himself.

I wonder what lead Mr. Garchitorena behind bars. He has the talent. I'm intrigued.

From A Traveller's Desk said...

No one wants to be at the NBP away from the family. The idea of making the inmates accessible to the outside world is an excellent programme by the management/director of NBP. I have not been to this institution but the photos show that it is well kept and well managed. Thank you for sharing.

Unknown said...

KULAY... awesome and very creative art!


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