Inmates helping fellow Inmates Training- Appreciated by Cebu City Jail Warden

Written by Mary Catherine Alvarez
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Over twenty residents of the Cebu City Jail Female Dormitory commemorated the completion of the series of paralegal trainings initiated by the Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation during the Araw ng Pasasalamat and Graduation of Paralegal Aides last July 13.

The graduation of paralegal aides was done simultaneously with their Araw ng Pasasalamat where the jail facility and the detainees presented tokens of appreciation to representatives of the criminal justice system who have been helpful in protecting the detainees’ right to due process.  

In her speech during the event, Officer-in-Charge of the Female Dorm, JSI Stephanny S. Sotero, extolled the importance of the paralegal trainings for the paralegal aide program in providing awareness to the detainees about their cases. The Warden further explained that many of the detainees do not have the educational background to understand highly technical legal terms being used in court and having trained paralegal aides are a big help to the detainees.

The paralegal trainings were made possible by HLAF’s partnership with volunteer law students from the Gullas Law School of the University of the Visayas and the University Of San Carlos College Of Law and the Cebu City Jail Female Dormitory.

Honorees present included representatives from the Cebu City Parole and Probation Office, Atty. Habeas Corpuz for his Human Rights class at the Gullas Law School of the University of the Visayas, Ms. Pearl Ronulo of the University of San Carlos Center for Legal Aid Work, and Atty. Jose Glenn Capanas of the University of San Carlos Community Extension Services and the University of San Carlos College of Law.

The University of San Carlos Community Extension Services also turned over Detainee’s Notebooks to be used in the monitoring of the inmates’ cases during the event. The notebooks were received by the head of the Regional Paralegal Office of BJMP 7 Atty. Dennis Aliño, and the Female Dormitory Warden, JSI Stephanny S. Sotero.

The event was capped off by a performance of the facility’s dancing inmates called the Spero En Carcel.