CIW-PUP partnership on psychological needs of female prisoners

Published February 21, 2021, 11:40 AM

by Jeffrey Damicog

The Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City has partnered with the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in the identification of female inmates with psychological needs.

Correctional Institute of Women (Photo courtesy of Old Mandaluyong)

 In a statement, CIW said a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with PUP was signed last February 15.

CIW said the MOU is intended to help the personnel of the correctional facility “in dealing and identifying the psychological and mental needs of Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) thru their project dubbed as ‘Psychology Extension Service.’”

“This program will allow them to share their skills by providing trainings and seminars for psychological wellness for a much more effective prison management. Psychosocial interventions are important to divert PDLs mind into something positive that may help reduce the risk of recidivism and to help them become productive members of the society.” the CIW said.

 Since last year, the CIW has allowed its PDLs to communicate with their families and loved ones online through its “e-dalaw” program, a move aimed at preventing the spread of the dreaded corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Also, the CIW said “e-burol” is still being observed to let the PDLs mourn their deceased family members.”