THE Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP)’s decongestion program has placed second in the International Project Management Association (IPMA) Global Project Excellence Award 2018.
Held in Helsinki, Finland, the BJMP’s community project for the development of an electronic paralegal learning module was in partnership with the International Commission of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Jail Chief Director Deogracias Tapayan said it is the first community project from the Philippines to be chosen as finalist in the International Community of Project Management.
“We are glad that the BJMP and ICRC effort was recognized as the second highest award due to its outstanding achievement and innovation in project management best practice,” Tapayan said.
Tapayan added that the overall objective of the EPLM is to help with the decongestion efforts of the BJMP by maximizing the impact of paralegal officers.
Senior Inspector Jeza Mae Sarah Sanchez, who represented the bureau to the Helsinki event, showcased the effect of the EPLM project in the significant reduction of overcrowding in BJMP jails.
ICRC’s collaboration with BJMP to reduce overcrowding in jails through empowering its paralegal services led to EPLM project in 2016.
“EPLM project with the utilization of early modes of releases and the implementation of infrastructure projects significantly contributed to the reduction of overcrowding in jails of 67% from 612% national congestion rate in 2017 to 545% in September 2018,” Tapayan said.