Turnover of several sports equipment at Quezon Provincial Jail (QPJ) from the Quezon Provincial General Services Office (PGSO) during the latter’s 19th anniversary last November 5, 2012. In the photo are PGSO Head Engr. Rowell Radovan (second from the left), QPJ Head Coordinator Jun Drece, and QPJ Warden J/Supt. Ma. Annie Espinosa.(QUEZON PIO)
Quezon Provincial General Services Head Engr. Rowell Q. Radovan led the celebration of their said office’s 19th anniversary last November 5, 2012 held at the Quezon Provincial Jail. J/Supt. Ma. Annie A. Espinosa, QPJ Warden, also supervised the event and celebrated with a mass presided over by Rev. Fr. Benny Garcia who greeted the inmates and said that a lot has changed in QPJ, from their new uniforms, painted walls, and properly segregated trash.
According to Engr. Radovan, instead of having a party at their office, he decided with his staff to donate their fund to the detainees of QPJ. In that way, they could make the celebration of their office’s 19th anniversary more meaningful.
PGSO also gave away several sports equipment, like a Volleyball set, a Badminton set, a Chess board and Dama set for the inmates. Engr. Radovan also donated his personal guitar, with the hope that their gifts would help ease the sadness and loneliness of the inmates during their stay at QPJ and while some wait for the results of their case hearings.
The detainees at QPJ will also be given trainings and seminars by Gov. David “Jayjay” C. Suarez through the Provincial Government to help busy themselves and nurture their talents – like the painting workshop – as well as to provide them with skills that can be used for livelihood when they are released from prison.
Engr. Radovan also recognized the talents of the detainees in creating Christmas lanterns and other festive decorations, and decided that instead of ordering from outside shops, they will instead have the inmates make these for them. In exchange, the Provincial Government would pay the inmates, creating a win-win situation where the inmates earn extra income while the Provincial Government minimizes expenses.
In the message of J/Supt. Espinosa, she announced to more than 900 detainees who joined in the celebration the plan she had discussed with Engr. Radovan, which is the “E-Dalaw”. If law permits it, the E-Dalaw would be able to help detainees with families coming from distant municipalities or barangay to contact their loved ones through internet.
The detainees, through their head coordinator Jun Drece, thanked PGSO for the gifts they received. According to Mr. Drece, they are happy that though most of them have committed crimes, people like the staff and head of PGSO, as well as Gov. Suarez, still show their concern and give their full support and understanding. (QUEZON PIO)