MANILA, Philippines — With their parents still in jail, some children in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur were forced to work to survive while bearing the brunt of the ongoing coronavirus disease pandemic.
Jackyline, 18, worked as a house help to fund her tuition and school fees while her father, Jonacesio Tora is detained at Pagadian City Jail Male Dormitory. Ricky, meanwhile, turned to sell food and snack like lumpia and turon while his mother Meriam Abastas is still incarcerated at the Pagadian City Jail Female Dormitory.
Ricky and Jackyline’s stories reached the Bureau of Jail of Management and Penology (BJMP) Region IX personnel.
This led the BJMP Region IX, under Dir…
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