Every prisoner has a family! What happens to them when the breadwinner is incarcerated? What happens to the family already impacted by the loss of a breadwinner when they can hardly earn their keep due to the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila. As it is, it is already very difficult for the poor to provide for their needs. How much more for the poor who have a father, or mother, or both parents behind bars!
As COVID-19 continues to spread, the families of the inmates are barely surviving. What they relied on as sources of livelihood before are no longer viable given the lockdown, the quarantine, and other impacts of the virus. It is even quite impossible to provide or pay for their basic needs of their families.
With this, the PJPSFI initiated a project #BilibID (Bilib sa Inyong Donasyon) to provide our identified hundred (100) families by providing CARE packages. A care package consists of food, water, hygienic items such as toiletries, alcohol, and mask to keep them protected from the virus, and provide the scholars with homeschool supplies such as writing materials, notebooks, and paper.
We know that times are tough, but it is our HOPE that you are still able to open your hearts to help the lives of the families of prisoners and share with them that the world does CARE.
Thank you. May your generosity be rewarded by our Loving God.
About Philippine Jesuit Prison Service, Foundation, Inc.
Location: New Bilibid Prison Reservation, 1776 Muntinlupa City, Philippines
Mission Statement: PJPS is a ministry, a PCNC accredited organization dedicated to transforming love and mercy of God through the holistic rehabilitation of incarcerated persons, their families, and the prison community.
Tracing the Roots PJPS was born in 1994 when the Society of Jesus recognized the prison service that was started by Fr. Victor Labao at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City as an official apostolate of its Philippine Province. Its involvement inside the National Penitentiary was initially pastoral and sacramental in nature. Active engagement in the ministry, however, led Jesuit priests and volunteers to also work in whatever program and service that could best help in the holistic development of the inmates.
Serving as an NGO In 1995, hence, PJPS was enlisted as a non-stock non-profit organization at the Securities and Exchange Commission. As the institution slowly evolved as it responded to the needs of the prison community, the organization was re-incorporated in 2007 as there was an increasing need to be more organized, structured, and formal. This helped PJPS to be more effective in the development work inside the national penitentiary. It was also a move to step up efforts to raise funds that will ensure the financial sustainability of the organization and the continuation of its programs. In 2012, the organization was accredited by the Department of Social Welfare (community-based) Agency. Later in 2018, DSWD issued a Certificate of Accreditation to PJPS for having satisfactorily complied with the first level standards in the implementation of community-based programs and services for children, youth, inmates, families, and communities.
Philippine Jesuit Prison Service, Foundation, Inc.