VARIOUS quarters concede that part of the reason prisoners and detainees stage bloody riots is disgust over alleged poor jail conditions in some detention facilities across the Philippines.
Aware of the situation, the national government, through the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), is out to lay and build a solid foundation on jail planning and design.
In fact, the BJMP, which is under the Department of the Interior and Local Government, has been working on the designs of detention facilities according to latest standards.
The project, which is in line with BJMP’s campaign to intensify jail decongestion programs, is being undertaken in coordination with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The BJMP and the ICRC held a two-day (November 8-9) Jail Planning and Design Introductory Workshop, as part of efforts to improve jail conditions throughout the country.
It was participated in by BJMP engineers, wardens, regional logistics officers, and representatives from the Directorate for Inmates Welfare and Development, Operations and Health Service of the national headquarters.
BJMP chief Director Deogracias Tapayan said the output of the two-day workshop, the first in a series, will compose the jail construction policy standards of the agency.
In 2018, the national government is putting P1.5 billion into construction of jails, said Tapayan. This year, the allocation totaled P1.7 billion.
Since 2007, the ICRC has been supporting persons deprived of liberty through health, water and sanitation, and development of policy mechanisms to improve the living conditions of inmates.
With the help of the ICRC and other well-meaning groups, the BJMP looks forward to a much-improved jail conditions across the country.