MANILA, Philippines – It seems that inmates here in the Philippines are not just good at dancing to Michael Jackson tunes.
Inmates at the Pasig City Jail Female Dormitory (CJFD) have been attracting visitors for their massage techniques as well as their skills in facial treatments and curling eyelashes.
Trained and certified by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, these female inmates have been running a makeshift spa inside the visitors’ area of the Pasig CJFD with the help of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
“Our mail goal for this spa is skills development and enhancement for our inmates,” Pasig CJFD’s officer-in-charge jail inspector Lourvina Abrazado said. “Aside from these projects’ support to their daily needs, it can be their livelihood once released.”
Abrazado added that the new project will keep the inmates from giving in to boredom and loneliness.
Visitors at the Pasig CJFD may get a massage from a female inmate for P150, which includes the use of lotion and other massage oils.
A facial, which includes cleansing, extraction of blackheads and a massage, costs P80. Those who want to have longer and curlier eyelashes, meanwhile, may seek the help of a TESDA-certified inmate for only P50.
According to BJMP, there are 32 female inmates at the Pasig CJFD who are beauty and bodywork consultants.
Before putting up a spa, the Pasig CJFD has been home to a makeshift detergent and dishwashing liquid factory, which has been providing livelihood to inmates since 2011.
Currently, 40 inmates have been supplying the detergent and dishwashing liquid to the facility, and even their families.
“Our products are easy to learn, affordable, saleable and consumable. They can start their new life out of jail through these practical skills,” Abrazado said.
Cebu dancing inmates
Philippine inmates have gained worldwide fame after prisoners from the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center danced to Michael Jackson tunes.
Dressed in tangerine jumpsuits, they became an Internet hit after performing the zombie dance from Jackson’s “Thriller” video.