ILIGAN City — A P45-million three-story building of Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Iligan penitentiary at Tipanoy, Iligan City was turned over in a ceremony witnessed by J/Major Gen. Allan Iral, chief of BJMP.
This new jail facility, Iral said will ease the congestion of 432 inmates.
It will pull down the overcrowding rate to 66.21%.
This difference in decongestion has not happened before, said Iral.
“Iligan City jail has one of the highest decongestion rates so far in the bureau’s history,” Iral said.
Iral announced that BJMP Iligan City is one of the top-performing contributors in Region 10 which resulted to have chosen and awarded as ‘Best Region of the Year.’
Iral also acknowledged and thanked the local government of Iligan through Mayor Celso Regencia and the city council for their untiring support and assistance extended to BJMP Iligan.
“Iligan’s inauguration is the first of nine projects, BJMP targets to finish for Region 10 as a fulfillment of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s acceleration of infrastructure and development program called ‘Build, Build, Build.’”
In addition, Iral said the bureau has allotted a budget of P2.9 billion for infrastructure outlays which are all divided to 119 projects nationwide.
For his part, Iligan City Jail Warden, J/Capt. Rogelio Olarte, Jr. said the new jail facilities will create a great impact in the decongestion of the inmates.
One building has nine dorm cells, while the other new building has 12, all fully furnished with bunker beds and proper air ventilation.
“Decongestion is a key step in minimizing health problems between inmates like skin diseases,” added Olarte.
In his message, Iral said, the BJMP commits to serve the (inmates) to improve their living conditions. We focused on (inmates) concerns, because we have also vital function on their holistic change as human beings, on their rights to be respected, said Iral. (pia x)