THE Bureau of Jail Management and Penology with the support of the Presidential Management Staff (PMS) has activated help desks in jails to provide persons deprived of liberty (PDL) and their families with the needed services.
According to BJMP chief Director Deogracias Tapayan, the establishment of help desks is a directive from the Office of the President aimed at promoting the welfare of inmates while undergoing trial, under investigation or serving short sentences in jails.
“With the activation of the help desk in every jail facility, the BJMP is optimistic that the PDL and their immediate family members will be given access to the services available from other agencies or offices of the Government,” Tapayan said.
Under the project, assistance and services shall include but not be limited to medical, educational, livelihood, burial, shelter, and transportation.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Education (Dep Ed) and Department of Health (DOH) are the major agencies of the Government that will be supporting the needs of the PDL.
Upon receipt of the written or verbal request of the PDL or his immediate family members, the Jail Help Desk Officer (JHDO) shall evaluate and assess the request for assistance whether such can be addressed in the jail level, otherwise it shall be properly referred to other agencies/offices of the government for their appropriate action.
“We are happy to inform you that BJMP Help Desk in NCR jails are now fully operational”, Tapayan mentioned.
Just recently, DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo Ano through Interior Undersecretary Nestor Quinsay lauded the top officials of the bureau for ensuring the safekeeping and development of PDLs under their care.
BJMP is currently handling 145, 476 PDLs housed in 481 district, city and municipal jails nationwide.