BUREAU of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) officer-in-charge Chief Supt. Allan Iral yesterday led the inauguration of a new detention facility in Imus City, Cavite.
“We officially declare today that the congestion rate of the Imus City Jail is down by 2,037.78%, one of the highest decongestion rates in the Bureau’s history,” Iral said.
Prior to its completion, the old ICJ building was 2,252.09% congested.
The BJMP - OIC thanked the city government of Imus headed by Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi, who was also present during the event.
“The reduction in congestion rate tells us that we continue to progress because we have each other’s support,” Iral said.
While the number is still a force to reckon with, the BJMP commander said that much of the weight has been lifted off his shoulders.
“It is not about one less work off our priority list. It is because the 1,070 lives in this facility is about to experience an improved living condition, showing how we truly care for these people,” Iral said.
The P32-million jail facility significantly improved its capacity from an old building with nine cells to 56 jail cells and a new jail space of 1,600 square-meter from the former facility with a space of only 195.46 square-meter.