“The training aimed to equip participants with knowledge on bath soap production as a source of additional income and livelihood of the inmates”, said Engr. Florita M. Santiago, DOST Provincial Director and training resource person. A lecture about soap, raw materials and tools needed covered the first part of the training. Demonstration and hands-on was conducted afterwards in which the inmates actively participated and were able to experience the actual procedure of soap making.
Livelihood trainings such as this is part of the moral recovery program implemented by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the Prison Ministry to enhance the capacity and make the inmates productive in preparation to their eventual reintegration in the society. On the closing program, one of the inmates expressed his gratitude that they were able to participate in the training and gain knowledge on soap making which proved to be simple and viable livelihood for the inmates.
DOST organizes and conducts S&T-based livelihood trainings and workshops for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), local government units (LGUs) and the academe. Letter request addressed to the provincial director can be submitted at the Southern Leyte PSTC, Capitol Site, Asuncion, Maasin City. For queries and other concerns, the office can be contacted at telephone number (053) 381 3990 or email at email@example.com.