Baguio City Jail holds DOTA tournament for inmates

  • The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Baguio held an esports tournament for persons deprived of liberty (PDL)
  • On Facebook, BJMP Baguio shared photos and quoted a study showing that gaming has an overall beneficial effect to a person
  • Aside from gaming, the PDLs also participate in other activities such as making paintings, flower pots and other garden ornaments

Inmates of Baguio City got their gaming skills tested when an esports tournament was held for them.

Image by Bjmp Baguio Cj-md via Facebook

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Baguio held an esports tournament for persons deprived of liberty (PDL). The BJMP City Jail Male Dorm’s esports tournament featured popular game Warcraft 3 custom map Defense of the Ancients (Dota). The  Bjmp Baguio Cj-md posted the photos on their Facebook page.

The BCJMD noted that based on a research from Social Asking Platform Qutee, gaming has benefits on the emotional well-being of a person.

“Over 40% said that gaming improves emotional well-being. That’s a serious benefit if you consider that one in five people in America experience mental health issues each year,” as posted by Qutee Research.

While the BJMP clearly has good intentions in mind for launching the esports tournament, many netizens were divided on the event. Many agreed that it was a good diversion for the PDLs while others thought there would have been more productive activities suitable for them.

A netizen said, “Sarap buhay.. Sana bukod diyan ‘yung makabuluhan din tulad ng paghahabi ng basket, banig etc, pagrerepak ng relief goods, gawing construction workers sa loob, at kung ano-ano pa.”

Image by Bjmp Baguio Cj-md via Facebook

Another netizen said, “Sa perspective ng Penology kung meron namang reforming at rehabilitation potential ang E-Games sa mga inmates, why not.”

Meanwhile, the BJMP Baguio also shared on Facebook the various activities their inmates participate in. Aside from making paintings and other artworks, they also make flower pots and other garden ornaments.

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