Fe­male in­mates to un­dergo reg­u­lar ran­dom drug test

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THE BAGUIO City Jail Fe­male Dorm (BCJFD) will do a reg­u­lar ran­dom drug test­ing among the res­i­dents of the jail fa­cil­ity, the war­den said on Thurs­day.

BCJFD war­den Se­nior In­spec­tor April Rose Ayangwa said the ran­dom drug test was re­quested by the fa­cil­ity's ser­vice providers dur­ing their re­cent meet­ing.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion of the fa­cil­ity, which is un­der the Bureau of Jail Man­age­ment and Penol­ogy (BJMP), holds a quar­terly sum­mit with the ser­vice providers or the govern­ment agen­cies, non-govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions, faith-based groups, and in­di­vid­u­als, who help in the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re­for­ma­tion of the res­i­dents, also called Per­sons De­prived of Lib­erty (PDL).

Dur­ing each sum­mit, the ad­min­is­tra­tion presents its plans and pro­grams for the up­com­ing quar­ter, while the ser­vice providers com­mit to han­dle or im­ple­ment an ac­tiv­ity.

"We just fin­ished our quar­terly sum­mit with our ser­vice providers and they sug­gested that we will be in­cor­po­rat­ing ran­dom drug test in all of our ac­tiv­i­ties," Ayangwa said. "Not only that they want to know if our in­mates are re­ally free from il­le­gal drugs, but also to see their sin­cer­ity to change for the bet­ter.”

The BCJFD now has 95 in­mates, 53 of them charged with vi­o­la­tion of the Com­pre­hen­sive Dan­ger­ous Drugs Act of 2002.

Ayangwa said the jail fa­cil­ity would be

spend­ing at least P1,500 for the ran­dom drug test­ing. The fund­ing would come from the pro­ceeds of the com­mis­sary, she added.

Early this year, 20 fe­male dorm res­i­dents, to­gether with the staff and per­son­nel of BCJFD, un­der­went a ran­dom drug test. All of them posted neg­a­tive for il­le­gal sub­stance use.

Ayangwa said aside from the un­sched­uled drug test­ing, a sem­i­nar on the ill ef­fects of il­le­gal drug use and other “sur­prises” would be con­ducted.

The BCJFD also con­ducts a reg­u­lar "grey­hound" or thor­ough in­spec­tion in the in­mates' cells to see if there is any con­tra­band or other pro­hib­ited items.

Pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties on health, food, safety, ed­u­ca­tion, liveli­hood, re­li­gion, and re­cre­ation are also lined up for the in­mates' well-be­ing.

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