At the 17th TAYO (Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations) Awards ceremony the Junior Bedan Law Circle, student organization of the Legal Management Department of the San Beda University College of Arts and Sciences, was awarded a technology grant from global technology and innovation leader Lenovo for its project dubbed Lingkod Laya. The said initiative aims to restore the dignity and liberty of Manila City Jail’s prisoners by helping them maintain good health while in detention and assisting in the processing of their release.
To recognize the efforts of the student organization, Lenovo bestowed to them a technology grant in the form of a brand-new Lenovo S145 laptop. The organization can more efficiently and effectively help digitize the Manila City Jail’s database of records for every inmate. It will further help them address health-related matters and speed up the inmates’ release process.
The grant has also facilitated the Junior Bedan Law Circle’s plans to expand the project to the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City and in their next venture of developing an employment system for former convicts. The Junior Bedan Law Circle also seeks to use the grant in their upcoming Project Ligaya, a well-being program that seeks to support children in conflict with the law at the Manila Youth Rehabilitation Center. The said project unclogs the court dockets involved in processing the release of Manila City Jail inmates as the current proceedings have become detrimental due to congestion.
To date, the Manila City Jail houses over 6,400 inmates despite its ideal capacity of only 1,100 people and it only has two paralegals processing their release. In addition, the jail lacks a centralized database of records, thus requiring the need to process all releases manually.
Top photo: Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards co-founder and former Senator Bam Aquino (leftmost) joins the Junior Bedan Law Circle members as they receive the trophy as one of this year’s awardees. Lenovo, a global innovation leader and official 17th TAYO Awards technology partner likewise provided the group with a technology grant. The Junior Bedan Law Circle’s award-winning project Lingkod Laya aims to restore the dignity and liberty of Manila City Jail detainees through a medical donation drive and assistance in their release process.
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