From trash to gold: Inmates make Christmas decors with recycled paper

Teomar Bautista, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 19 2017 11:28 AM | Updated as of Oct 19 2017 11:56 AM

Inmates detained at the Naguilian Municipal Jail in La Union are already busy creating decorations for the Christmas season.

Aside from Christmas lanterns, the 47 inmates make various designs from boats, houses, lampshades to baskets out of recycled paper, old magazines and brochures.

They also apply varnish to the finished product, which they sell for P100 to P500 depending on the size and complexity of design.

Proceeds from the Christmas decors serve as main livelihood of the inmates.

“Yung mga anak ko kapag pumupunta rito binibigyan ko rin sila ng pera, yung mga nabenta namin sa livelihood project namin dito, yun rin ang ibinibigay namin sa anak ko,” said one of the inmates.

Jail Inspector Antonio Cruz Sr., said families and relatives of inmates provide the materials they use in creating artistic decors. This activity also enhances inmates’ creativity.

“Ito po ay isang programa ng BJMP [Bureau of Jail Management and Penology] regarding sa development nila habang nasa kulungan. Ang BJMP ay may iba’t ibang programa tulad ng wellness, welfare and development para matugunan yung boredom nila sa loob ng bilangguan,” said Cruz.