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BJMP: Number of inmates in Tuguegarao jail more than its capacity

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- The ideal capacity of Tuguegarao City District Jail is 170 inmates but according to Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in this city, the current number is 392.

City Assistant Jail Warden Inspector Mario Baccay said on Philippine Information Agency Region 02’s  Tipon Tipan on Tuesday, November 11, that the ‘congestion’ is an effect of oplan tokhang and the government’s war on drugs.

“Mas lumobo ngayon [ang bilang] kasi maraming nahuhuli nang buhay,” he said.

Yet, Baccay said that inmates, now referred to as persons deprived of liberty (PDL), are well cared of in terms of food, healthcare, livelihood, and other activities.

“If you try to visit Tuguegarao District Jail, [makikitang] ang lalaki [ng mga katawan ng inmates]. Namomroblema nga kami baka ma-highblood sila kasi ang lalaki ng mga katawan nila,” Baccay said.

BJMP Tuguegarao said the daily meal allowance of PDLs has increased to P60.00 this year which is P10 higher in 2016, adding that there is no problem with food supply.

Skin diseases

Because of the limited space and the growing population of the jail, PDLs experience occasional skin diseases such as boils.

“Skin diseases hindi mo maiiwasan [yan]…Maya’t maya pabalik balik po sila sa amin,” BJMP-02 Jail Officer 01 Rona Ma. Rachel Gonzales said.

Gonzales said they are conducting health education on proper hygiene and giving away soap to treat allergies of PDLs.

“We’re trying our best po na ibigay ang mga gamot sa kanila,” she added.

Aside from this, BJMP said PDLs usually receive free health and dental services from non-government and government organizations.

Gonzales assured PDLs’ health, saying that they conduct  daily health monitoring for done on male and female PDLs.

New jail site

BJMP also said P15 million has already been allotted for the construction of new facilities to cater the growing population of the district jail.

“Ang inaantay na lang nain yung pagdonate ng lote for relocation sana nung building kasi

Baccay said the lot of the current location of the jail in Cataggaman is “small.” He also noted that there are also a lot houses already in the said barangay.

City Warden Lazaro is already processing this with the city LGU, Baccay said. Northernforum.net

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