Monday, August 3, 2015

Ubay partners with BJMP
to build new jail facility

UBAY, Bohol July 28 (PIA)--Inmates at the Ubay District Jail will have a new and more humane home, this as both the local government of Ubay and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology join hands in building a new facility in a one hectare lot in Barangay Camambugan. 

Already filling with inmates to overcapacity, Ubay District Jail located inside the Ubay Municipal Complex has been a security issue as well as fast becoming health hazard. 

101 inmates occupy its two male cells while a small female cell has 9 inmates in it, according to Ubay warden, Jail Inspector Jeremias Artiaga. 

"We pity the condition of the jail and its inmates," Ubay Mayor Galicano Atup confessed. 

"We sometimes wonder how it is with the jailguards during rains and how would it be in their sleeping quarters, knowing that it is in a very cramped place," the mayor shared, a hint of concern betrayed in his voice. 

"This has been a long dreamt project," he admitted in his message before a thin crowd of jail guards, some local government officials and the media during a groundbreaking of the P4 million facility, which the BJM funded. 

Atup, whose air-conditioning unit exhaust at the town hall office faces one of the cells, admits the heat can sometimes be suffocating but the jail is there and so he, when he was still vice mayor, along with Jail Chief Inspector Jose Rusylvi Abueva, planned for a resettlement of the jail to an idle municipal property. 

"We proposed to have one [jail] built, but the cost was massive considering that the BJMP has specific standards in their buildings, so the proposal stalled," Mayor Atup shared.

Everything moved however when the local officials learned that the BJMP has set aside P4M. To this, the town council fast tracked the deed of donation for a one hectare lot where the new facility would rise in Barangay Camambugan, according to Atup.

He even added that another P1 million from the town would hopefully set up the facility's administration building while the BJMP now awaits for the Special Allocation Release order of P1 million fund for the facility's perimeter fencing. 

For the BJMP, Assistant Regional Director Leo Baldon thanked the LGU in Ubay for the lot donation. 

He also informed the crowd that the BJMP has finished bidding the project and a winning bidder is set to start the project anytime within the week. 

In fact, as the mayor and his party was arriving, the first batch of building materials for workers bunkers arrived at the soon to be buzzling construction site. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol) 

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BJMP/ Bohol jail launch 
elderly program in jail 

TAGBILARAN CITY, July 28 (PIA)--Bureau of Jail Management and Penology VII (BJMP-7) and the Bohol District Jail (BDJ) launch another potential first, one that could again draw the innovation limelight to the BJMP managed Provincial Government jail. 

In another pioneering step in the region, the BJMP launched July 28 its Senior Citizen Program in Jail, in the hope of finally attending to and giving its aging inmates the rights and privileges duly accorded for senior citizens, even as they are staying inside the jails. 

Earlier, the BDJ in Bohol also made a name for establishing a TB DOTS in Jail, as the country battles against tuberculosis, which is among its commitments to the millennium development goals. 

JCInspector Jose Rusylvi Abueva, who just picked the Best Provincial Jail Administrator Award a few days ago, explained to the aging inmates at the BDJ, that while still committed at the facility, the jail would assist its senior citizens inmates in getting the membership they would need so they can start getting the mandatory benefits accorded for them by law. 

Bohol Chapter President of the Federation of Senior Citizens Associations of the Philippines Melchor Daniel, who was the guest of honor during the event explained to the inmates the help that being a card-holder can get. 

By using republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act, he told the 21 inmates over 60 years old who were gathered at the BDJ Social Hall that the Senior Citizens Law is afforded to all Filipinos over 60 and listed in the database for senior citizens for him to get an identification card which forms as the official proof. 

Card bearing senior citizens can enjoy 20% discounts on basic commodities for the sole enjoyment of the elderly, medicine purchases, medical dental professional fees, laboratory and diagnostics, actual fare for alnd transportation, domestic air and sea travel, stay in hotels and lodging establishments, restaurants, admission fees in theaters and even funeral benefits. 

The catch however, is that members should be able to show the identification card as proof for the discount, Daniel said, further adding that inmates need however to fill up registration forms available from the municipalities where they are from. 

The BJMP, who also designated Wednesdays as Senior Citizens Days at the BDJ said they would coordinate with the town MSWDOs to facilitate the quick registration so that elderly inmates can start getting discounts on medicine purchases. 

On that same day, BJMP Health Services Unit Head, Dr. Priscilliana Gilboy came in with nurses and psychologist from Cebu to administer the senior citizen's pneumococcal vaccine shots, performed medical consultations as well as organized games for the elderly.

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