THE Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Davao Region is hopeful that work will start this month on the construction of the multimillion jail facility.
The building will decongest the overcrowded jail facilities in the region, which has been their perennial problem.
BJMP-Davao spokesperson and community relations service officer chief Jail Inspector Edo Lobenia said that they are closely coordinating with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) who is facilitating the bidding process for the facility designed to accommodate 6,000 inmates in Wangan, Calinan.
“Ang aming regional director, in order to fast track the construction of this facility to decrease the congest rate of our facility in Davao region, we have tasked the DPWH para mapabilis ang proseso sa bidding processes,” he said.
BJMP-Davao, as of November 2017, has recorded a 599-percent average of total congestion rate in all its jail facilities in the region, causing various illnesses among the inmates. The total capacity of jail facilities in the whole region is just 1,049, but the present population is 6,913.
In Davao City Jail alone, it has already a total population of 3,378 for facilities designed to contain just 421 or 702 percent above what it is supposed to serve. This was triggered by the serious campaign of the present administration against illicit drugs.
The budget for the construction of the new jail facility is around P380 million.
Lobenia also asked the assistance of the local government units (LGU) and local government officials on the acquisition of the modern security equipment to further strengthen their security monitoring considering that in Davao City Jail there are high risk individuals currently detained.
“We are also lobbying to the congress and government workers in facilitating to acquire the state of the art facilities especially xray machine to prevent the entry of contrabands,” he said.