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BJMP inmates’ lanterns to light up Iloilo City for Christmas

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Who says inmates of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology can’t bring Christmas cheer this year?

Some 1,500 lanterns made by BJMP inmates in Iloilo City will soon add Christmas color to the city starting this weekend.

Mayor Jerry Treñas said the city government partnered with the private sector to light up the city with 1,500 colorful “parols” made by the inmates (https://dailyguardian.com.ph/lanterns-made-by-bjmp-inmates-to-light-up-city/).

He issued Executive Order 67 creating a Christmas Lantern Committee headed by Dr. Sandra Sarabia-Gomez, chairman of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Iloilo chapter.

Committee members are PCCI-Iloilo President Jobert Penaflorida, Maritess Lim, Vincent Abellar, Alma May Tayo, and Vidette Ong of the Zonta Club of Iloilo City.

The mayor said the city government provided support through the bulbs and wirings.

Aside from the chance to give Christmas joy, Trenas said the inmates who made the lanterns will get income for their work.

He added he wants the lanterns to serve as the symbol of unity for Ilonggos.

Meanwhile, public plazas will also be lighted up on Nov 16 where a short program will be held at the Museum of Philippine Economic History in City Proper district at 6 p.m.

Senator Franklin Drilon is the guest speaker of the event.

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