THE Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI) donated a bus to Negros Occidental District Jail (NODJ) in Bago City.

Senior Superintendent Joel Superficial, regional director of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP)-Western Visayas, signed a deed of donation at the VTI main office in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City Monday.

It was witnessed by VTI officials led by vice president for finance Edlyn Agraviador and Chief Inspector Castle Masip, warden of NODJ.

The bus is expected to be turned over to NODJ next week.

Masip told SunStar Bacolod Monday, that the bus, which can accommodate 50 persons, is a big help to the operations and escorting functions of NODJ.

NODJ will no longer have difficulty to transport inmates all over the province during court hearings, he added. 

"NODJ is the first beneficiary of a bus in all jails nationwide," Masip said.

Last month, NODJ also received a brand new van from the national bureau to help in transporting at least 50 to 60 inmates in court hearings per week.

Earlier, the Provincial Government also signified its intention to provide the jail with a sports utility vehicle to be used for transporting high-risk inmates to different courts.

At present, NODJ has three vehicles. (GYM/SunStar Bacolod)