CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Northern Mindanao (BJMP-10) believes Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) can still have a better future if they equip themselves with Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills.

In a statement Tuesday, Jail Supt. William T. Manengyao, the warden of BJMP-10's male dormitory here, said partnering with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has "transformed" PDLs into productive citizens attained through training.

"When they come out of this facility, they are already equipped with skills and knowledge, and this will help prevent them from returning to the old (criminal) habits," he said.

DICT has provided a three-month ICT skills training to 20 PDLs who have finished the graphic designing course through the DigitalJobsPH - Graphic Design with Canva software.

Part of the training included teaming up the PDLs with a group of micro, small, and medium enterprises endorsed by the Department of Trade and Industry that need social media collaterals and infographics for their products and services.

The graphic design training is part of DICT-10 ICT Capacity Building and Employment Program dubbed "Lamdag" - a digital transformation advocacy strategy for the marginalized sectors.

Lamdag is designed to provide relevant ICT skills that can lead to employment. (PNA)