Move to decongest jails lauded

January 07, 2019
Eduardo Año

INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año yesterday lauded the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in taking steps to decongest jails while providing humane treatment to persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) or inmates.

“The BJMP has always been at the forefront in providing humane treatment to persons deprived of liberty and what is valuable for this agency is that BJMP keeps on finding reformative approaches to transform them,” Año said during the 4th quarter 2018 Management Conference at the BJMP headquarters.

Año said the bureau's efforts significantly decreased congestion rate of more than 120% from its previous record of 612% in 2017 to 488% in 2018.

Another measure undertaken by the BJMP to address the problem of congestion is to prioritize the infrastructure projects, hence, 188 jail facilities are set for expansion this 2019 while an additional 60 jail building and 13 additional perimeter fences are expedited to decongest jails nationwide.

Año also encouraged the agency to focus not only on the improvement of physical structures but more on capability-building and delivery of efficient services in order to provide quality jail management service for persons deprived of liberty. He thus directed the BJMP and all its regional directors to strengthen its recruitment strategy with emphasis on on the applicant’s knowledge, skills and character.