RTU CED Faculty-Led Initiative KASA-P Empowers Inmates with Skills and Hope for Reintegration: Awarding Ceremony Marks Milestone

KASA-P (Kasama sa Pag-Unlad) is an extension program initiative led by faculty members from the College of Education, including Instr. Gerald Paul R. Jugo, who spearheaded the project alongside Instr. Anjo M. Abaratigue, Instr. Madeline S. Almonte, and Assoc. Prof. Maria Socorro F. Villa. On May 2, 2024, at 9:00 am, an awarding ceremony was held at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology – Mandaluyong City Jail – Male Dormitory.

The program reflects a collaborative effort to empower individuals within the prison community. By offering structured courses in dressmaking, electrical skills, and business mathematics, the program aims to equip Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) not only with practical expertise but also with the hope and resources necessary for successful reintegration into society.

The event commenced with a moment of reflection led by Mr. Ricky Del Monte, followed by the singing of the national anthem. Jail Inspector Gerry Mendoza emphasized the importance of rehabilitation efforts like KASA-P in his opening message.

Instr. Jugo, as project leader, presented an overview of the programs, achievements, showcasing the progress made by participants in mastering these valuable skills. This was followed by a special ceremony where certificates were awarded to recognize the dedication and accomplishments of participants in dressmaking, electrical work, and business mathematics. The Director of the Extension and Community Services Office, Instr. Ricardo H. Momongan Jr., expressed strong support for the program, highlighting its role in community reintegration and skill development.

Finally, Instr. Abaratigue delivered closing remarks, encapsulating the spirit and impact of KASA-P on the lives of inmates. KASA-P signifies a commitment to fostering positive change and renewal. By empowering individuals with knowledge and opportunity, KASA-P opens pathways to a brighter future, where the skills learned today serve as the foundation for a successful tomorrow.