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If there are persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) dancing in Cebu, the ones in Sta. Cruz, Laguna will be baking anytime soon. The four corners of the jailhouse are not the endgame for PDLs who are determined to make a difference in spending the period of confinement. Government agencies ensure that support is underway for this productive undertaking.

DOLE IV-A Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman has always kept the doors open to be able to accommodate disadvantaged members of the community under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP). PDLs, as much as other vulnerable and marginalized individuals deserve all the help, they can get to seize available income opportunities. This way, the national government’s vision of promoting inclusive growth can be a reality.


It can be recalled that the Office has previously extended assistance to parolees and former rebels looking to make a fresh start with a clean slate. They were provided with individual livelihood grants as decent income sources to slowly reintegrate into society. This time, it would be interesting to give PDLs a chance to earn a decent income while behind bars. At least they will have something in their pockets once they serve their respective sentences.

As part of its Jail Development Plan, the Sta. Cruz Bureau of Jail Management and Penology sought the assistance of DOLE Laguna Provincial Director Guido R. Recio to secure funding for a livelihood project inside the detention facility. It appears that the PDLs are already accustomed to the process of baking bread that the project rollout can be pursued as soon as the equipment and supplies have been furnished. Fair enough, DOLE Laguna was able to facilitate the application for a livelihood grant over the first quarter of 2022.

There are 201 beneficiaries in the Baking Project who are expected to get their regular share of profits. While some of the PDLs are single, some are married with the obligation to support the family. The project would be a useful income source, especially for those who intend to send some money to their immediate family members.


With funds amounting to Php 446,356.63 already released to procure oven and other baking tools and supplies, the Sta. Cruz BJMP bakery should be ready to operate soon. The PDLs will soon be mobilized to get busy mixing, shaping and scoring, coating, caramelizing, and other tricks under their sleeves. PPEs were also provided for safe and hygienic food preparation.

DOLE Laguna’s assistance does not end in the provision of supplies, tools, and equipment. The group will also be trained on how to manage finances through proper bookkeeping. Besides, they will have to submit annual financial reports for continuous monitoring of the project’s viability. Successful projects may be granted further assistance under the Kabuhayan Enhancement Program following an assessment conducted by Senior LEO and DOLE Laguna Welfare Focal, Ms. Lorena M. Gacosta.

Surely, the Sta. Cruz BJMP PDLs will be dancing for joy once they get a taste of their first share of profits as sumptuous as their fresh baked bread.


Labor Information Officer
DOLE Laguna Provincial Office

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