TACLOBAN CITY- The regional office of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) said that several jail facilities in the region would undergo repair.
This was revealed by Jail Senior Superintendent Hernan Grande, BJMP regional director, who added that two more jail facilities would be constructed to address decongestion among inmates.
According to Grande, their national office has allocated P13.32 million for the repair of various jail facilities in the region and another P9 million for the construction of additional jails.
The BJMP regional director admitted that the repair or upgrading of these facilities came in the wake of the April 2 jail break in Calbayog City that resulted for the escape of 16 inmates.
He said that the jail facilities in Tacloban and eight others would undergo repair works.
For the Tacloban City prison jail, the government has allocated P6 million for the repair.
Other similar facilities would undergo repair: Alangalang with a budget of P250,000;Baybay City,P250,000;Carigara, P500,000; Dulag, P60,000; Ormoc City,P600,000; Palo,P200,00 and Tanauan,P60,000. All are in Leyte.
He added that the jail in Dolores, Eastern Samar, was given an allocation of P200,000 for repair.
He also said that to decongest some of the jails, his office is constructing two additional jails. One is in Guiuan, Eastern Samar with a budget of P7 million while another is in Burauen, Leyte at P2 million.
Grande said that the jailbreak in Calbayog has caught the attention of their national office reason why these jail facilities were given allocation for repair.
The Calbayog Jail itself was given a budget of P500,000 for the construction of secondary perimeter fence. Absence of the perimeter fence made it easy for the inmates to escape. (RESTITUTO CAYUBIT)