BJMP finalizes rules on deployment standards

September 12, 2019

Wardens of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP),  their field operatives and technical service personnel have gathered to finalize the policy on the bureau’s minimum deployment standards (MDS) that will set the procedures on the effective placement of personnel in offices and field units.

Joined by the International Committee on Red Cross (ICRC), the BJMP officials worked on crafting policy standards for staff deployment in jails during a two-day workshop at the B Hotel in Quezon City which started Wednesday.

For how many years, the BJMP and the ICRC have already been working alongside to address humanitarian crisis in detention in the Philippines with many approaches and solutions in support of this effort.

According to BJMP chief Director Allan Iral, given the insufficient number of personnel in jail units and offices, jail officers are maximizing their capacities and been assigned in multi-tasking functions as custodial, escorts, health care, paralegal and administration.

Studies show that there is no standard manpower distribution for jail officers.

With this situation, the BJMP and ICRC then came up with a pro-active human resource system for the proper deployment of personnel in jails depending on the specific needs of each facility through a workshop.

Alongside with the policy, is the inclusion of an evidence-based tool that will generate the number of personnel to be deployed depending on the needs of a jail facility.

“This policy envisions to play a vital role in ensuring equity in the deployment of personnel, securing the staffing capacity and capability of the Jail Bureau to further improve the conditions of PDL,” Iral said.