THE Bureau of Jail Management and Penology - Central Visayas has just accomplished one of the highest decongestion rates in the Bureau’s history with the construction of a new facility worth P16.21 million.
BJMP officer-in-charge Chief Supt. Allan Iral led the turnover, blessing and inauguration of the Tagbilaran City Jail, which brought congestion rate down by 520%.
He was joined by Region VII director Chief Supt. Paulino Moreno Jr. and BJMP comptroller Chief Supt. Rinco Montaus.
According to Iral, from the old building’s 940%, the new jail has pulled overcrowding rate down to only 420%.
Iral thanked the local government of Tagbilaran under the leadership of Mayor Geesnel Yap II for the outpouring support to the Bureau.
Yap assured the BJMP of its 100% support as he promised to construct a perimeter fence for the facility.
When he assumed office last April 27, Iral said that congestion problems would be among his priorities along with fighting illegal drugs.
He said that more jail facilities will be constructed under his term once the P2.9 billion budget for 2019 will be approved by the President.
“This is the very reason we are here. To exhaust all means to improve the living conditions of our wards,” he added.
BJMP Central Visayas is the second biggest region in the country, with total jail population of 20,060.