Davao City jail gets P4.5-M bus-A A +A
Saturday, October 27, 2012
THE Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) allocated a P4.5 million-worth bus to the Davao City Jail for the transport of inmates to and from court.
BJMP regional director, Senior Superintendent Amelia Talento, said the bus can be used in bringing prisoners to court for hearings or committing them to the Davao Penal and Prison Farm.
She said the P4.5-million jail bus is part of the BJMP modernization program aimed at providing efficient services in jail management.
The BJMP started transporting inmates on October 22, 2012 on the newly acquired bus.
Inmates with court hearings are brought to the Hall of Justice along Candelaria Street, Davao City before 8 a.m., which is 30 minutes before each court starts trial, and are brought back to the jail around 11 a.m. or until all the scheduled hearings are done.
Talento said the bus can carry 40 persons, including six jail guards who would accompany the inmates to designated areas.
It has its own sound system, in which a jail officer use microphone to instruct inmates boarding and disembarking the vehicle.
The Davao City Jail currently has 1,000 detainees (2,511 men and 208 women), that is 36.78 percent of 2,719 total number of inmates detained in BJMP-Davao.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 27, 2012.