Sun.Star Davao

Jailhouse in Calinan eyed to be finished by end of 2022

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THE Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP)Davao will soon decongest the Davao City Jail in Maa as the constructi­on of an extended jail house is expected to be finished before the end of 2022.

BJMP-Davao spokespers­on Jail Inspector Edo Lobenia told SunStar Davao in an ambush interview on Wednesday, May 18 that the New Davao City Jail Building located in Barangay Wangan, Calinan can occupy up to 5,000 inmates.

Lobenia said the new City Jail is expected to be operationa­l before the end of the year.

The official said the current City Jail has around 2,500 inmates or persons deprived of liberty (PDLs). He said this had exceeded its 1,000 capacity.

“We are aware of the recurring issue, at the same time, it’s actually a perennial problem sa ating mga jail [sa bansa] (in our jails in the country),” Lobenia said.

Admittedly, the official said the congestion in the jails is alarming especially when there would be an epidemic outbreak inside.

However, as of writing, Lobenia said there is no active Covid-19 case in the prison.

While waiting for the constructi­on of the jail, the jail official said they coordinate­d with paralegals to expedite the cases of the inmates. Other than that, he said they cannot do anything for now.

“Right now, hopefully, before the end of the year, makalipat tayo sa (we can already transfer some of our inmates in) Wangan, Calinan... Hopefully we will have a zero congestion,” Lobenia said.

The constructi­on of the new jail facility, which broke ground in 2020, was expected to be completed the same year but had been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The P369 million four-story state-of-the-art building is equipped with new facilities that can be used for rehabilita­tion programs. /

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