Initiating the USC Mission Operations in CPDRC

August 21, Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) – The University of San Carlos Community Extension Services Office (USC – CES) with its partner, the Cebu Archdiocesan Prison Apostolate (CAPA), celebrated Foundation Week through the USC Mission Operations in CPDRC.

This program has been going on since 2010 and is on its 3rd year already. Presently, it is spearheaded by Fr. Dionisio Miranda, president of the USC. The program gathered students, faculty and staff from all over the university from different colleges. 

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The USC Mission Operations provided various services such as free medical, optical, and dental from the Students of Clinical Pharmacy; free Paralegal Consultations from the students of the School of Law and Governance (SoLG); Psychosocial assistance from the Department of Psychology; and Spirituality Activities from Pharmacy, Psychology, and Engineering students.

“Ang edukasyon ay hindi ang pagtuto lamang, ito ay ang pakikipagkapwa-tao at pagmamalasakit sa iba,” a few words from the opening statement of Fr. Dionisio Miranda. He emphasized the three-fold goal of this missionary undertaking which are: To expose the Carolinian community to the prison society and the culture it has within while increasing the awareness of the situation of the inmates; To provide free legal consultations to inmates with regard their case through the volunteers of SoLG; To develop an all-inclusive and highly informed program for the prison society through CES.

Loud shouts of “Mabuhay!” were warmly expressed by the inmates to the Carolinian visitors. Ensuing that, the inmates showcased their talents in dancing with a synchronized dance presentation of Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Really Care About Us”, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and “Gentlemen”, and Masculados’ “Di Ko Mapigil.”

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