By LITO RULONA
BUREAU of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) officials yesterday said they would meet with Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano in an effort to convince the capitol to turn over the management and operation of the provincial jail to them.
JO3 Orlando Montalban, BJMP information officer here, said his superiors plan to see Emano this week to persuade him into immediately turning over the prison facility to the Bureau.
Montalban said newly installed BJMP director for northern Mindanao Senior Supt. Ester Pepito wants a BJMP intervention program in the provincial jail just like in other provinces.
BJMP, he said, has been running 22 prison facilities, including provincial jails, all over northern Mindanao.
Montalban said other provinces in northern Mindanao have already turned over the management of their prisons to the BJMP.
He said while BJMP’s mandate is to handle city, district and municipal jails, its officials welcome moves of provincial governments to turn over the management and operations of their respective prison facilities to the Bureau.
“We are a national government agency, and some provincial governments are looking into the possibility of yielding their duties and responsibilities on jail management to us. We are open to that, and we hope to have a positive response from Gov. Emano,” Montalban said.
He said BJMP personnel can run prison facilities better because of the kind of training they had. BJMP trainings, he said, are “parallel” with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) trainings.
“We can deliver better services,” he said.
In Caraga, the Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte provincial jails have already been turned over to the BJMP through a memoranda of agreement between the Bureau and the provincial governments.
Baased on the agreements, qualified provincial government personnel tasked as prison guards would be trained by the BJMP on how to addressed issues.
The trainings, according to Montalban, would be rigid and would last four months.
The capitol has plans to move the provincial jail from Corrales Street to a four-hectare property in Initao town.