THE Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) has sent its regional directors and key officials in a top-level policy formulation conference spearheaded by the Dangerous Drugs Board.
BJMP chief Director Allan Iral said the two-day conference is aimed at developing a comprehensive and unified operational plan against illegal drug use.
This is in support of Executive Order 66 or the institutionalization of Philippine Anti-Drug Strategy (PADS) in all government agencies.
The conference also touched other concerns among them was the finalization of the proposed regulation guidelines for the conduct of anti-illegal drug abuse prevention program in BJMP facilities and guidelines in the declaration of drug-free and drug-cleared jails.
Iral said it is also to put everyone on board to make sure that the BJMP is one in this campaign from the most ranking officer down to the lowest ranking personnel of the organization.
“As key decision-makers especially in the regional offices, it is critical for our key officers to fully understand the direction of the agency on anti-drug campaigns in support to what the national government is doing particularly on our key deliverables”, the BJMP chief said.
The BJMP, anchored on the PADS, formulated a policy on the establishment of drug-free workplace to set the guidelines in the conduct of authorized drug-testing to jail officers.
The drug-free workplace policy is in line with the existing drug clearing operations of the BJMP to prevent the proliferation of drugs in jails.
Likewise, it outlines a safe and healthy environment free from illegal drugs in BJMP offices and jails nationwide.
To date, a total of 211 jails subjected to PDEA-led Greyhound Operations have certified drug cleared after no illegal drugs were confiscated.
More than 50 conferees from the jail bureau consists of key officers from the National Headquarters, Regional Directors, jail wardens and operations officers attended the policy formulation conference.