BuCor destroys thousands of contraband tech as students struggle with ‘piso donations’

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Would’ve done a lot of good

ICYMI, The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) steamrolled over thousands of contraband tech confiscated from inmates of New Bilibid Prison.

Per a tweet from CNN correspondent @pnbarcelonlive, Among the destroyed tech were 3,817 cellphones, 101 pocket wifi units, 41 tablets, and 7 laptops, along with tobacco bars, cigarettes, and weapons.

Ironically, this comes at a time when ‘piso donations‘, or students asking for donations of at least PHP 1 under the hashtag #PisoParaSaLaptop, has skyrocketed in the midst of online classes.

, <b> BuCor destroys thousands of contraband tech as students struggle with &#8216;piso donations&#8217;  </b>
Twitter – @pnbarcelonlive

 

, <b> BuCor destroys thousands of contraband tech as students struggle with &#8216;piso donations&#8217;  </b>
Twitter – @pnbarcelonlive

 

, <b> BuCor destroys thousands of contraband tech as students struggle with &#8216;piso donations&#8217;  </b>
Twitter – @pnbarcelonlive

 

, <b> BuCor destroys thousands of contraband tech as students struggle with &#8216;piso donations&#8217;  </b>
Twitter – @pnbarcelonlive

Though it’s the protocol to demolish any contraband from Bilibid, people are saying it would’ve done a lot of good to simply donate the confiscated tech – rather than destroying it completely and stripping off its potential value.

The pvblic isn’t saying to blindly donate the tech, but to have it reassembled or reformated to give to students and employees struggling with the WFH setup.

 

 

 

 

One user even pointed out that BuCor ought to have coordinated with other branches of the gov’t, such as VP Leni Robredo literally having a project calling for extra gadgets to give to students in need.

 

When the topic was brought up to BuCor Spox Gabriel Chaclag, he emphasized the need to show people how grave a problem contraband is.

‘Napag-isipan na po natin yan at pinakamabuti pa rin na ipakita sa taong bayan na wala tayong mapapala sa mga bagay na galing sa illegal na gawain,’ Chaclag shared.

Ipakita natin na seryoso tayo sa ating campaign against illegal activities.’

, <b> BuCor destroys thousands of contraband tech as students struggle with &#8216;piso donations&#8217;  </b>

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