NEWLY-appointed Bureau of Corrections head Gerald Bantag yesterday took his oath of office before Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.
Guevarra told Bantag to focus on three major points, in this order of urgency:
1. Clean up the GCTA (good conduct time allowance) mess;
2. Full computerization; and
3. Stop illegal drugs trade inside New Bilibid Prison.
BuCor is an attached agency of the Department of Justice.
President Duterte on Tuesday appointed Bantag as BuCor chief, replacing Nicanor Faeldon who was fired over the controversial good conduct time allowance fiasco.
Bantag once served as warden of the Parañaque and Manila City Jails.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Bantag was appointed based on his professional competence and honesty.
“The Palace is behind the President’s decision and is confident that DG Bantag will continue the administration’s campaign against corruption as he spearheads reform initiatives in the Bureau,” he said.