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Iloilo City roads bright with lanterns made by BJMP inmates

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ILOILO CITY’S major roads are decorated for this year’s Christmas season with 1,600 lanterns, locally called parol, made by jail inmates as commissioned by a public-private partnership. “It is an inclusive collaboration of all sectors in society, meaning there is unity and diversity,” Alma May Tayo of the Zonta Club of Iloilo City II said. The Zonta Club was part of the Christmas Lantern Committee formed by the city government with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Iloilo chapter as lead. Mayor Jerry P. Treñas said he wanted inmates at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP)-Iloilo City District Jail to have an income opportunity as well as a sense of fulfillment in contributing to the city. “The different colors of the parols show that even if we come from different political orientations, religious belief, racial differences, for Iloilo we are one,” he said. Each parol, which cost P1,500, measures six-by-six feet and is made with bamboo and plastic charol. “This project sends a very strong message of inclusivity among us here in Iloilo City. Iloilo is moving forward because of all of you. As we level up, no one will be left behind,” the mayor said. — Emme Rose S. Santiagudo









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