By: Geal Erbeth M. Naluz
On October 11, 2023, the Philippine College of Criminology (PCCR) paid a courtesy visit to the Bureau of Corrections at the New Bilibid Prison Reservation in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila.
Spearheaded by President Ma. Angelica Lei Bautista, representing PCCR, and other prominent college officials including Executive Vice President Mr. Karim Bangcola, Graduate School Dean Dr. Jezreel Vicente, College of Criminal Justice Dean Dr. Gaypelyn Casiw, Alumni Affairs Head Dr. Kerwin Bartolome, and Linkages and Partnership Coordinator Mr. Christian Patron, were also present to express their support.
During this meeting, PCCR and the Bureau of Corrections unveiled a promising partnership focused on officer training and creating opportunities for inmates. Additionally, the meeting touched upon the growing alumni network within the Bureau of Corrections. PCCR has nurtured and produced over 130 alumni now serving in various roles within the organization. To celebrate this rich network, the upcoming first alumni general assembly was announced. This assembly promises to foster stronger connections among the alumni, further enriching the partnership between PCCR and the Bureau of Corrections.
The Philippine College of Criminology (PCCR) and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) showcased a shared vision for the future and a commitment to furthering their partnership. They also proposed an exciting milestone that promises to bind this collaboration: Director General Usec. Gregorio Catapang Jr. proposed a momentous MOA signing set to take place during the anniversary celebration of the Bureau of Corrections on November 6–9, 2023. The Director General emphasized the alignment of PCCR’s values with BuCor’s vision, highlighting the potential for a deeper, more harmonious collaboration.
As the connections strengthened, President Lei Bautista visited the minimum-security compound. Upon her arrival, she was warmly welcomed and given a tour of the facility, where she had the opportunity to meet and interact with everyone inside. During the visit, she engaged in meaningful conversations with some inmates, including those who were studying at the elementary and kindergarten levels that day.The day ended in a heartwarming moment as President Lei joined inmates who played music, and they performed a special serenade. President Lei’s ‘Cool Ka Lang’ filled the compound with a sense of togetherness and joy, turning the visit into a remarkable and uplifting experience for everyone involved.