Improvements introduced at La Trinidad Municipal Jail

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, April 10 (PIA) - - Inmates, now called  Persons deprived of liberty (PDL),  also deserve a decent, safe and secured place to stay.

 

With this, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology with the support of the local government carried out a number of improvements at the municipal jail here for a safe and secured jail facility and a haven for correctional improvement.

Senior Jail Officer John Melecio said among the improvements include construction of multi-function hall which provides space for religious, livelihood and other activities; riprapping of eroded portion of the compound; installation of combat wires; provision of additional perimeter lights; upgrading of perimeter fence which gives more privacy; and provision of closed circuit television or CCTV for monitoring of activities.

They also tapped the Women’s Association of Pinsao Pilot in Baguio City  to assist in pursuing income generating projects for PDL such as production of foot rug and wall décor making.

“We are also trained to care,” Melecio quipped bannering the Bureau’s tagline, “Changing lives, building a safer nation.”

In line with the government’s tall order on anti-drug abuse campaign, Melecio said they have intensified drug clean up of the facility such as ensuring the absence of contrabands through greyhound operations with concerned agencies.

Regular drug testing among PDLs and jail personnel is also conducted monthly. Likewise, information education on the ill effects of illegal drugs and smoking is also a monthly activity, he added.

With the performance and in compliance with the parameters of drug clearing based on thorough assessment and validation, the drug facility including the separate district jails for male and female were issued a certification as drug-free and drug- cleared last November 13, 2018 by the Cordillera Regional Oversight Committee chaired by Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority – CAR. ( JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

The municipal Jail concerns are  tackled in a joint meeting of the Municipal Peace and Order Council and Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council presided over by La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda. (SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet) 

By Susan C. Aro

 

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