LAWMAKER PUSHES EDUCATION, SKILLS TRAINING FOR INMATES
PARAÑAQUE City Representative Joy Myra Tambunting filed a measure that will create a skills training program and provide job opportunities for prisoners.
In pushing House Bill 10101 or the proposed Kabuhayan for Offenders through Skills Advancement or KOSA Act, Tambunting said she aims to revitalize an inmate’s standard life routine through productive work and skills development program.
“Participation of inmates in mandatory programs provided by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Education, Department of Labor and Employment and Department of Justice will set as an avenue for them of what life could be when they go out of the correctional facilities,” Tambunting said.
The lawmaker said jobs will make former prisoners independent and self-supporting citizens.
“Let us be reminded that the inmates must be given a renewed spirit with the help of our government,” Tambunting added.
The measure mandates TESDA, Department of Education, Department of Labor and Employment and Department of Justice to establish skills training program for all inmates.
In addition, a Job Search and Livelihood Assistance Desk shall be established inside prisons to help ex-offenders create sustainable employment once they are released from prison.
The amount necessary for the implementation of the program shall be sourced from the current budgets of TESDA, DepEd, DOLE and DOJ.