National Capital Region wardens drug-free

September 14, 2019

ALL 63 wardens and officials of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology – National Capital Region (BJMP-NCR) are negative of illegal drug substance.

A surprise drug test held Friday at the NCR office in Quezon City showed that none of the   43 wardens region-wide has a drug problem along with division chiefs, heads of offices and other key officials who willingly submitted to the drug test.

Headed by BJMP-NCR director Chief Supt. Ignacio Panti, the drug test was facilitated by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)’s Laboratory Service Examination Division.

According to Panti, the activity was timed when all the regional officials gathered for the monthly conference where they were told to present their accomplishments, planned programs and updates of compliance concerning their respective offices.

It was also in response to President Duterte’s directive to make all government offices free from illegal drugs.

Panti reminded the wardens to keep their facilities clean if they wanted to remain in their posts.

Meanwhile, the BJMP’s Directorate for Health Service (DHS) has stepped up its mental health campaigns through the conduct of an in-service training for psychometricians to better prepare the agency for the growing demand for psychological interventions for recruitment, personnel promotion and for the persons deprived of liberty (PDL).

BJMP chief Director Allan Iral said that the campaign also aims to promote professional development and skills enhancement among mental health professionals in the Jail Bureau.

The first batch of participants who were trained for four months was composed of 10 registered psychometricians from the National Headquarters and Regions 1, CALABARZON, V, VI, VII, X, XI, and the National Capital Region.

“The role of mental health professionals is very crucial in our profession because we are dealing with persons with very unique needs,” Iral said.

Alongside the administration of neuro-psychological examinations for jail officers, the training also caters to mental health concern and interest of Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL).