Senator Sotto proposes penitentiary in the regions
by Thelma C. Bicarme
Cabarroguis, Quirino (15 September) -- Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III recently bared his proposed bill for the establishment of penitentiary in the regions to address the problems of overcrowding in the National Penitentiary or the Bilibid Prisons.
Sotto who recently graced the 2010 Panagdadapun Festival, said that he is working for the passage of the said bill to decongest the NBP and to enable the relatives of the inmates to visit them regularly.
Sotto added that many of the inmates suffer from psychological problems due to too much loneliness brought by their being separated from their loved ones.
"By putting penitentiary in each region, more relatives and friends will be able to visit the inmates regularly because they will no longer have to spend much money and time in traveling to Manila," Sotto stressed.
Likewise, Sotto pointed out that the problems of diseases and contamination brought by congestion will be addressed.
The senator has also expressed his full support to the agriculture sector saying that top of his agenda is to promote agricultural productivity. "We will improve the agricultural production of our country and eventually ban the importation of agricultural products," Sotto was quoted as saying.
Sotto said that in his proposed bill, the government will purchase all the farmers' produce so that they will be relieved from the problems of low prices imposed by the private traders.
On the other hand, the senator who is also the majority floor leader in the Senate assured that he will sponsor the bill seeking for the conversion of the Quirino State College (QSC), Quirino Polytechnic College (QPC) and Maddela Institute of Technology (MIT). (PIA 2) [top]