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Two-day inmates-family congress kicks off in Iloilo City

ILOILO CITY, May 28 – A two-day bonding time for inmates and their families kicked off Friday at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) district jail in Barangay Ungka, Jaro.

Now on its third year, the inmates-family congress was designed to “provide inmates and their families an opportunity to strengthen and deepen their relationship that was broken due to wrongs done” according to BJMP regional chaplain Rev. Fr. Nestor Caber.

Fr. Caber added that such activity aimed to make inmates realize “that change and transformation is the essence of integral and total rehabilitation.”

“We believe that no one should be deprived for a second leap in life; for a good and a better future,” he said.

The BJMP Chaplaincy Service Unit, with the support of the Regional Service Providers Council (RSPC), facilitated the event that was anchored on theme “Buhay ay Pahalagahan at Ingatan, Magandang Bukas ay Tiyak na Makakamtan.”

The inmates and their families gathered together in prayer and worships, listen to lectures and compete in sports events for two days.

They were briefed on topics such as restorative justice and integral and total development, among others.

Meanwhile, the RSPC that is helping the BJMP on the program is composed of various religious denomination, service providers, individual and volunteers who would like to help inmates in their spiritual development. (PNA) RMA/PGLena

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