‘Face masks with a heart’, hand-sewn by female PDLs in Quezon jail

Published January 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Danny Estacio

GUMACA, Quezon – Female inmates at the Gumaca District Jail have donated face masks they themselves sewed to the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption.

(Bureau of Jail Management and Penology/ Facebook/ MANILA BULLETIN)
(Bureau of Jail Management and Penology/ Facebook/ MANILA BULLETIN)

In a Facebook post by Jail Officer 2 Michelle Merilloza, she proudly shared the story of how the persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) under her jurisdiction took it upon themselves to sew face masks after learning that victims of the Taal eruption were having a hard time obtaining face masks.

“Nothing is impossible with persons who really want to help,” the jail officer said. “Proud ako sa aking nasasakupang inmates dahil di naging hadlang ang rehas sa pagpapabatid nila ng tulong sa mga kababayang nangangailangan.”

According to Merilloza, the idea to produce the face masks actually came from her daughter Mycka Elioza, who told her about the shortage of face masks at areas affected by the volcano eruption.

Merilloza shared this piece of news with the PDLs under her watch, and before she knew it, the ladies were already huddled inside their cell, sewing the face masks. Her daughter was the one who bought the fabric and other materials needed for making the masks.

Merilloza said the activity to sew the face masks was supported by Jail Warden Chief Insp. Rodante Oblefias.

The face masks are made up of cloth fitted with garter, Merilloza added.

“Face mask with a heart” the PDLs called their product, according to Merilloza, because “these were made with love, even without sewing machines to use and even when they are behind bars, and it is made with good quality.”

On the first day that the PDLs started sewing the masks, Merilloza said the ladies were able to finish 100 face masks.