/ 27 February 2021

THE POLYTECHNIC  University of the Philippines’ Department of Psychology has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Correctional Institution for Women to assist the agency deal with the mental needs of persons deprived of liberty.

Under the MOU, the psychology department will roll out an extension program to provide psychological services to the vulnerable sectors.

“The partnership is in response to PUP’s commitment to offer a wide variety of extension programs and psychological services,” the university said.

The PUP will assist CIW personnel in identifying the psychological and mental needs of Persons Deprived of Liberty by providing psychological services such as training and seminars “for a much more effective prison management.”

The signing of the MOU was led by CIW Corrections Technical Superintendent Virginia Mangawit, PUP Psychology Department Chairperson Dr. John Mark Distor, and Psychology Department Extension Coordinator Prof. Aimee Rose Manda.

PUP said it will conduct services or activities at least twice a month.

In March 2021, the university will hold a training on Mental Health in the Workplace and Work Ethics, and a seminar on gender and development.