Tuesday, October 13, 2009

City Jail to mark 15th NACOCOW

THE Pagadian City Reformatory Center (PCRC) in Brgy. Lenienza is at present busy preparing for the annual celebration of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) called the National Correctional Consciousness Week (NACOCOW).

This year’s week-long celebration is the 15th, said PCRC Jail Warden J/Supt. Mamerto Baroro, carrying the theme, “Be a Light to others…Instrument of Healing and Reconciliation.”

Baroro, who is also the Provincial Jail Administrator, disclosed that during NACOCOW, inmates will find time to fellowship with each other as well as exercise their agility in sports with their scheduled intramurals.

“It’s a boost to theirs, and at the same time, to our moral as we play together during the NACOCOW celebration,” Baroro said.

The jail warden added the lined up sports competitions for NACOCOW are basketball, volleyball, chess, sack race, tug of war and statue dance.

In the mornings, inmates’ families and relatives are allowed visitations along with the different scheduled appointments by members of various philanthropic organizations in the city who will distribute gifts and or conduct seminars.

Monday, Oct. 19, will be the opening ceremony and the program will be attended by BJMP Reg. Dir. Jail C/Supt. Deogracias Carreon Tapayan. This will be followed by the distribution of gifts by the parishioners of Brgy. Danlugan.

October 20 will be the Balangasan Parishioners’ turn to visit and distribute gifts while a seminar on Christian Leadership will be conducted by the Diocese of Pagadian. Also, parishioners from Sta. Lucia will visit and distribute gifts in the afternoon.

Early morning of Oct. 21 will be the Hataw Dance Contest, followed by the gift giving activity of the Catholic Women’s League-Pagadian City Chapter, followed by an orientation seminar on Parole and Probation Laws.

In the afternoon will be the San Pedro Parishioners’ visit and giving of gifts, to be followed by a consultation meeting with the Judiciary, Public Attorney Office and Prosecution Office Officials.

October 22, San Jose Parishioners will have their gift-giving time to the inmates. The Hataw Dance Contest will continue on the next day, followed by the BJMP Tennis Tournament.

October 24, the City Government and the Zamboanga del Sur Medical Hospital will hold a half-day medical and dental outreach inside the jail compound. The finals and championship games will be held in the afternoon.

In the morning of Oct. 25 will be the finals for the Hataw Dance Contest, which will be followed by a Literary and Musical Contest. The culmination program and awarding of prizes in the afternoon will wrap up the NACOCOW celebration.

Baroro said that being in detention is not a barrier to get the best out of a person and that the jail facility is also a place for change and development.

That is why, he added, rehabilitation programs like sports and recreation, religious activities and livelihood for the inmates are being implemented in the city jail under his watch.