Friday, February 26, 2016

BDJ warden says new jails, 
cells needed to decongest

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 24, (PIA)— Bohol District Jail (BCJ) is bursting at its seams and the warden thinks there are two ways to decongest it. 

Both however would mean government resources, which the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology could not possibly come up as yet. 

That leaves the jail keepers with the local government as the possible source. 

With 588 inmates occupying a 350 inmate-capacity jail constructed on a remote part of Cabawan District here, the BDJ is a provincial government correctional and rehabilitation facility administered by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP). 

Now with an excess of 238 prisoners, some of them political prisoners while some are female inmates, jail authorities hint congestion problems brought about by dragging court litigation and slow resolution of cases. 

"Court resolution of cases is slow, and inmates are piling up," Abueva told the media. 

"We still have inmates who have been committed here while awaiting the hearing of their cases, which could get them shorter jail terms," another jail guard said. 

"We are strengthening our paralegals," Abueva added, knowing that some of the cases inmates are facing can be settled with para-legal means.

But on the congestion problem, Jail Chief Inspector Jose Rusylvi Abueva suggests building more containment cells to accommodate the prospected increase in jail population. 

Or, instead of increasing the occupancy of the BDJ, he believes setting up of another jail facility in Loay and in Tubigon can greatly impact on the BDJ population.

To the members of the media who talked to him, the former jail administrator and warden rolled into one pointed out that, each prison cell at the BDJ is mostly populated by inmates coming from as far as Guindulman to the east and Talibon to the north. 

Reasoning that a new facility in between Tagbilaran and Ubay like in Loay and Tubigon can greatly reduce the population of Bohol's largest jail facility, Abueva said that way, BDJ can drastically lessen its population to less than its capacity. 

But even with a congested facility where an inmate shares with over ten more inmates in a cramped 10 feet by ten feet grilled compartment, the discipline and respect for authority shows. 

With less than 30 police men and jail guards keeping an eye on the 588 who were gathered unrestrained at the center of the compound's basketball and volleyball courts, a slight provocation can ignite a problem severely out-manning the guards. 

But warden Abueva said their Therapeutic Community Modality Program helps a lot in creating communities from the inmate containment and their neighboring cells. 

At the BDJ, each cell is called a sitio, the smallest political subdivision of non family members. 

The cell residents elect their leaders and assign tasks, working by picking up each man's ability to contribute to a task. 

This makes our life here bearable, admits an inmate who has a murder charge pinned upon him. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol) 

Kurambos brings Visayan 
theaters to Bohol cockpit 

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 23, (PIA)—Collaborating Visayas' artists' networks bring to Bohol its famous community and school based theater groups to help prop up the Arts Month in a Kurambos, to attain the ultimate goal for the arts. 

Kurambos, a local term meaning to gather resources and people for a common goal, also showed the Founding Congress and Festival of TABOK, the Central Visayas Regional Theater Networks featuring collaborative and convergence of workshops, organizational launching, and performances from drama groups from Cebu, Negros, and Bohol. 

"Art by its nature has many faces and could only be appreciated as such through the different art disciplines sharing its craft and its unique expressions to enhance each other, highlight each other and celebrate each other," festival director and Bohol cultural icon Lurgardo Labad said. 

A special preview of Dagohoy The Musical by the Bohol Theater Network headed by Kasing Sining, as well as three more short plays took the stage at the now becoming iconic Baclayon Cockpit Theater. 

Staging apart from Dagohoy was Sila nga Mitaliwan: a short religious play presented by UPSTAGE alumni, an environmental play by Visayas Missionaries Confraternity Incorporated by students and islanders of Talibon, as well as a socio-political by a Negros Theater group. 

On this, Bohol Arts and Cultural Heritage (BACH) Council, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Center for Culture and Arts Development (CCAD), Bohol Sandugo Foundation, the Diocese of Tagbilaran and KasingSining, spearheads this year’s celebration of National Arts Month with Arts in Convergence as theme for this year. 

Other Kurambos components include art talks, workshops and exhibitions of Bohol based artists. 

On Friday, a lecture series happens at the Bohol Cultural Center where filmmakers from Heneral Luna, Honor Thy Father, and Lakbay2Love deliver talks on “Behind the Scenes in the making of the Filipino Indie Films. 

Moreover, Philippine Ambassador for the ASEAN Luis Cruz and Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Chris Millado talks about “The Impact of the ASEAN Integration on the Arts Scene in Asia.” 

On the night of February 26, an opne microphone poetry reading billed as Balot Beer Balak, by KAKA (Kaliwat ni Kariyapa), opens at the Plaza Rizal. 

Other arts exhibits happen elsewhere in Bohol: Pinuga Sa Huna-Huna:Tribute to Sandra happens at the University of Bohol College of Fine Arts and Architecture from February 24 onwards. 

Musical Clinics, a workshop cum diagnosis on choral conducting and singing, where leading Boholano conductors provide systematic mentoring and coaching advice to emergent and traditional choral groups in the province to raise their competence in choral conducting and repertoire development, is scheduled every Sunday starting February 14 at scheduled venues, also happen according to Labad. 

Kurambos this year ends with the special concert performance of the Cebu-based Visayas Symphony Orchestra on a specified date at the Bohol Cultural Center. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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