New provincial jail now under BJMP

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011


NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. turned over Tuesday the P100-million worth new Negros Occidental Provincial Jail to Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Chief Rosendo Dial.

The new correctional facility at Barangay Tabunan, Bago City is now named New Negros Occidental District Jail.

Dial said the transfer of 411 inmates from the old provincial jail to the new facility will be on July 15.

Under the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between Capitol and BJMP, the Provincial Government will still provide for the expenses of the jail during the two-year transition period.

Among the expenses, which Capitol will continue to shoulder, are jail maintenance, food allowance of the inmates and the salaries of 30 jail guards who will augment the 30 jail personnel of the BJMP to be assigned at the new jail.

Capitol allocates yearly a total of about P30 million for the jail operation.

The transfer of the jail was a brainchild of the late governor Joseph Marañon, elder brother of the incumbent governor. It was pursued by former governor Isidro Zayco and was completed this year.

According to Marañon, the old jail is already congested and it is inhuman to let the poor inmates stay there.

He said that the new jail facility cost the Provincial Government more than P100 million to give the inmates a decent place where they could reform themselves.

Provincial Jail Warden Dionisio Silva added that the Old Provincial Jail was built in 1890 under then governor Don Fernando Gonzaga. It was used during the American and Japanese occupation in the country as confirmatory for the guerillas.

On the other hand, Dial said that since the new facility is so spacious and convenient for the inmates, “cobols” are no longer needed inside the jail. He also stressed that there will be no special treatment of prisoners inside the jail.

During their transfer to the new jail, inmates will be classified based on the gravity of the offenses they have committed, added Dial.

The provincial jail accommodates accused persons whose cases are still on trial, suspected criminals who are waiting for sentences and those who are already sentenced to one day to three years imprisonment, Dial said.

Dial considers the new jail as one of the most beautiful and modern jails throughout the country. It has six conjugal rooms for the inmates’ time to be with their spouses who might visit them in the jail.
Of the 411 inmates, 10 are females, according to Silva.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 22, 2011.

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