PANABO CITY – Officials from Davao de Norte State College (DNSC) and the Social Entrepreneurship Technology and Business Institute (SETBI) College Education Behind Bars convened for a meeting, last May 12, 2022, at the DNSC Conference Room.

The meeting was called to finalize a proposal that will be submitted for a possible Commission on Higher Education – Institutional Development and Innovation Grants (CHED-IDIG) funding. The proposal aims to enhance instruction-related facilities in the College Education Behind Bars (CEBB) classrooms inside the Davao Prison and Penal Farm (formerly Davao Penal Colony). Last 2020, DNSC and SETBI entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), in close coordination with the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), to operationalize the second campus of CEBB.

The CEBB program plays an important role in the rehabilitation and preparation for re-entry of Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) into the society. 38 inmates were enrolled as the pilot batch for the DNSC-SETBI CEBB campus under the Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship program.

During the meeting, DNSC was represented by College President Joy M. Sorrosa, Vice President for Academic Affairs Girley S. Gumanao, and Institute of Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Good Governance Dean Florie Ann L. Fermil. SETBI was represented by President Aland O. Mizell and Vice President Susan P. Cariaga.