The Coast Guard District Eastern Visayas (CGDEV) joined the Regional Peace and Order Council Eastern Visayas Second Quarter Meeting held in Tacloban City, Leyte, yesterday, 28 May 2024. During the event, the CGDEV said the participants assessed agenda items, ongoing initiatives, and operational activities crucial to upholding peace and order within Region VIII.

TACLOBAN CITY – The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), held its 1st Regional “BIDA” Painting, Handicraft-Making, and Songwriting Challenge at Robinsons Place, here in the city.

About 55 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) from 24 district and city jail facilities under BJMP-8 participated in the event, showcasing their talents in handicraft making, painting, and songwriting.

The competition, held on May 26, featured 22 entries for handicraft making, 15 for painting, and 20 for songwriting.

BJMP-8 Regional Director Jail S/Supt. Bernardo Sanchez highlighted that the event marks a significant milestone in their goal of rehabilitating PDLs and providing them meaningful activities.

“This underscores our commitment to fighting illegal drugs, respecting human rights, and focusing on the rehabilitation of PDL,” he said.

“We celebrated the creativity of the PDLs. Their artworks are not just an entry for a contest but a powerful message advocating for the eradication of illegal drugs,” Sanchez added.

The top three winners in the songwriting competition were the Male Dorm Tacloban City Jail with their song “Magbabago pa ba?” Sogod District Jail with “Kapatid kong Kaibigan,” and Catbalogan City District Jail with “Kaibigan Iyong Isipin.”

In the painting category, the top winners were entries from Isabel District Jail, Male Dorm Tacloban City Jail, and Female Dorm Tacloban City Jail.

For the handicraft category, winners were entries from Naval District Jail, Carigara District Jail, and Maasin City Jail.

The winners of the competition will represent the region at the national level “BIDA” Painting, Handicraft-Making, and Songwriting Challenge.