Benhur Abalos

DILG, BJMP open art, songwriting contest for PDLs

February 23, 2024 Jun I. Legaspi 133 views

INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Benhur Abalos and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology has opened a painting, handicraft making and songwriting competitions for persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) nationwide.

“There is more to life behind bars for our PDLs than just serving time and waiting for the day of their release,” Abalos pointed out.

Abalos issued DILG Memorandum Circular 2024-020 opening the competitions for all PDLs nationwide.

The project was part of the prevention and health promotion and penology, rehabilitation, and reintegration pillars of the government’s Buhay Ingatan, Droga’y Ayawan (BIDA) program.

Abalos said he firmly believes in the rehabilitation and reintegration of PDLs into the folds of society and in harnessing their talents even while behind bars.

He said the competitions will have regional and national levels.

Winners will receive cash and other prizes courtesy of the Ciara Marie Abalos Foundation.

First placers in all competitions at the national level will receive P150,000; second placers will get P100,000; and third placers will win P50,000.

Fourteen P5,000 consolation prizes and Certificates of Participation will also be handed out.

Regional winners will also get P20,000; second placers will win P15,000; and P10,000 for third placers.

All national and regional winners will each get a trophy and a certificate.

Certificates of Participation will also be given to all participating jail units at the regional level.

Entries in painting tilt will be judged for their creativity and originality (40%), craftsmanship/skills (20%), quality (20%), visual execution (10%) and difficulty (10%).

Musical composition entries will be selected for their originality and uniqueness (40%), lyrics (20%), melody and harmony (15%), structure (15%) and vocal performance (10%).

Meanwhile, handicraft making winners will be chosen through their originality and creativity (40%), quality of craftsmanship (25%), complexity of the design (20%), and aesthetics and visual appeal (15%).

Interested PDLs must coordinate with the local BJMP and DILG Regional Offices for further details.