P3.272-B released for jails' upkeep
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (26 June) -- The government has set aside some P 3.272 billion budget for the maintenance and operation of jails nationwide.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) disclosed that of said budget this year for the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), about P165 million will go to logistical services for the procurement, transport, distribution and storage of supplies and materials in the operation of district, city and municipal jails in the country.
The BJMP budget for the maintenance and construction of jails also includes funds for the setting up of separate jail cells and facilities for women, DILG Secretary Ronaldo Puno noted.
Capiz BJMP Provincial Administrator Soteo Gardose said that while they are waiting for the approval of their requested P1 million fund for the establishment of perimeter fence in the new district jail of their office in San Jose, Roxas City, they are still utilizing the old BJMP detention facilities in Inzo Arnaldo Street in the city.
Gardose, who is also the City Warden of said office, revealed that they only made an improvised structure as separate detention cell for their 15 average daily women inmates.
He added that they are presently ensuring the safekeeping and rehabilitation of 147 inmates in the city BJMP office.
With their new jail site and facilities, it can accommodate up to 200 prisoners, he said, stressing that it can decongest not only inmates from Roxas City but also from other clustered BJMP detention offices in the province, namely Pontevedra, Panitan, Ivisan, Dumalag and Mambusao towns, he said.
According to Gardose, aside from ensuring the safety of their inmates, they are also instituting rehabilitation programs such as continuing education, sports, religious, seminars and livelihood programs.
In the conduct of the Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran evaluation, the BJMP detention offices should be included in the areas for evaluation, he said, stressing that this is to assess the cleanliness, sanitation and greening activities in said area. (PIA) [top]