Friday, July 28, 2017

BJMP rebids P16M
City jail building

TAGBILARAN CITY, July 28, (PIA)--Congestion at the city jail may soon ease up a bit but that could come later. 

This as the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) which has allocated some P16 million for a new 4 storey building to house the inmates now cramped inside the cells, has again posted the infrastructure project for rebidding. 

Jail Senior Inspector Mark Anthony P. Omega revealed this, during the recent joint City Peace and Order Council, City Anti Drugs Abuse Council and City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council Meeting held at the Jj's Seafoods Restaurant few weeks ago. 

Warden Omega said had the first bidding went without a hitch, work on the four storey building could have started already.

This could have fast-tracked the relocation and the succeeding implementation of jail reforms which could hardly be done with the congestion. 

The city jail is designed to contain 30 inmates, but is now safe-keeping 379 inmates, Inspector Omega appraised the city councils. 

Of these, 353 are males while the jail authorities have noted 26 female inmates. 

He also reported that 80% of their inmates are facing drug charges. 

Only 24 jail officers assigned in shifts man the facility. 

Asked how the inmates are coping in each cell, the city jail warden said beds go as high as four decks high and net hammocks are strung inside the cells. 

He also revealed that at daytime, inmates are allowed to go outside their cells to confined socialization areas and work places to escape from the heat of congestion. 

The city government earlier reported that its is donating a lot upon which the government can build additional jail facilities. 

The BJMP on the other hand has allotted funds for building the detention and rehabilitation facility while the inmates await case resolutions. 

But then, the building may have to wait, warden Omega added further. 

An earlier bidding has been declared failed and a new bidding has been set while the BJMP awaits more bidders to see the project breeze through and alleviate the cramped situation at the city jail. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)
The BJMP hopes the P16M new building within the city jail facility would be the end of the woes of inmates who have been suffering earlier even before the courts could rule on their cases. BJMP has allocated the fund to set up a 4-storey facility to alleviate the congestion at the city jail. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

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