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Filipino inmates bake bread to feed thousands

Prisoners prove being behind bars is no reason not to fight the coronavirus outbreak
Filipino inmates bake bread to feed thousands

Inmates (in yellow) make bread with officials from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Albay province in the Bicol region. (Photo: UCA News)

Published: December 02, 2021 04:54 AM GMT
Updated: December 02, 2021 07:42 AM GMT

Inmates of a Philippine district jail in Albay province, south of Manila, baked bread to feed participants in a three-day vaccination campaign in the region.

Inmates of Tabaco City prison in Albay province made bread on Dec. 1 to thank medical frontline doctors and nurses who administered Covid-19 jabs to thousands of Filipinos. Authorities likewise distributed the bread to those who received their vaccines.

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), the government agency mandated to supervise the inmates, said they sent boxes of bread to various vaccination sites, particularly in government-run schools.

“Our persons deprived of liberty baked more than 1,000 pieces of chocolate and Spanish bread and muffins and gave it for free to individuals,” jail officer Rebbyn Quililan told the media.

Quililan said the bureau had an oversupply of flour and sugar that led them to decide to participate in the national vaccination program.

“Who said that those who are deprived of liberty cannot help in this time of crisis? Today we have proved that inmates have the capacity to feed health workers, not only those who are free in the community,” Quililan added.

But with these inmates, who are already inside jail to begin with, they did the baking with the pure intention to help those in need. That’s real generosity

The bread was made in a bakery inside the penitentiary where inmates were supervised by professional bakers to ensure good quality.

“The pieces of bread made at Bread of Love Bakeshop inside the BJMP compound really helped a lot. Residents, frontliners and volunteers were hungry after staying for several hours at vaccination sites,” Quililan said.

The baking activity was initiated by socio-civic group the Eagles Club, which has been helping inmates with their projects.

The club was also active in convincing churchgoers in Legaspi Diocese to avail themselves of government-administered vaccines.

Father Emman Afable of Sorsogon Diocese said the inmates’ efforts were laudable as they baked bread based on “pure intentions.”

The priest said the pandemic was an occasion to give but certain individuals had selfish interests in giving, such as those who intend to run for public office in 2022.

“This pandemic is a season of sharing. But sharing has been tainted with selfish interests because people donate for selfish gain, especially those who give to buy votes in the next elections,“ Father Afable told UCA News.

“But with these inmates, who are already inside jail to begin with, they did the baking with the pure intention to help those in need. That’s real generosity.” 

Feeding those who participated in the inoculation was likewise an incentive for not only health workers but also for churchgoers to encourage them to be vaccinated to stem the transmission of Covid-19, he said.

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