Help make Christmas possible inside MisOr Provincial Jail

This Christmas, the inmates of Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail and Rehabilitation Center (MOPJ) have something in exchange for our peso- skilfully made parol.

The inmates of Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail and Rehabilitation Center (MOPJ) have something in exchange for our peso- skilfully made parol.


We always speak that Christmas is the season of giving. The best time to share the blessings we received even to people whom we do not know.  But every time we try to give, hesitations baffle inside making us think how our few pesos are spent by those who ask for it.  

Yet this Christmas, the inmates of Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail and Rehabilitation Center (MOPJ) have something in exchange for our peso- skilfully made parol.

Going to one of the city’s prominent malls, one could not ignore the spark of ccolorful Christmas lanterns or parol behind the rusting iron sheets and wire fence that barricades the MOPJ.


Crafted by the inmates themselves,  the annual parol making is part of the skills development training program implemented inside the center that aims to provide income to the inmates.It runs for several years now and has financially helped many of the inmates. 

[Could be] Last opportunity to help

Last year, the provincial government had announced the transfer of MOPJ to the Municipality of Initao, 55km away from the city proper.  The new facility is bigger and will provide a favorable place for the inmates “to grow”. If the transfer pursue, this could be your last chance to help the inmates. 

Knowing that not all of the inmates in MOPJ receives visit from their loved ones; for some were intentionally forgotten and disowned by their families for what they have committed, your few peso could be the instrument to make them feel the spirit of Christmas. 

If you're still looking for a decor that would complete the Christmas spirit in your home, give time to visit MOPJ and take a glace of their parols. Maybe a parol there would grab your attention and, indirectly, make you blessing to the man behind the bars who crafted that parol


The price range of the parols in MOPJ is from P50.00 to P1500.00 depending on the size and decoration. MOPJ is located across the Department of Trade and Industry Regional Office in Corrales Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City. If you wish to visit the site, the map below could be of great help.



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  2. I can imagine how lonely it can be inside the prisons. Programs such as this really helps inmates to cope with feelings of loss and make them more productive while serving their sentence.

    Thanks for writing and sharing their story! They do deserve second chances and should not be forgotten!

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