By: Leomel Pasquin
THE Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Region 6 celebrated its 26th Founding Anniversary on July 21, 2017 at DepEd Jubilee Hall in Iloilo City.
Among the highlights of the celebration was the awarding of plaques of recognition to unit, individual and special awardees.
The awardees included BJMP members and service providers who are instrumental for inmates’ welfare and development as well as provision of available social services and privileges.
The awards were personally handed by the Jail Director Serafin P. Barretto Jr., BJMP national command chief, who was the affair’s guest of honor and speaker.
Superintendent Gilbert D. Peremne, assistant regional director for operations and administration, said BJMP-6 remains steadfast in its commitment as “Region of Achievers” by highlighting major regional accomplishments for the year.
A video presentation was also shown to the public on the tangible programs the regional bureau has carried out for the year (June 30, 2016 to July 1, 2017) in line with the theme: Sustinidong Paglilinis ng Bilangguan, Tugon sa Hamong Pagbabago sa Ating Lipunan or SPB.
“We have made a lot of efforts towards the SPB and we have come a long way to achieve what we have now through the perseverance and support of BJMP-6 director, Senior Superintendent Rex D. Delarmente,” Peremne added.
Meanwhile, Barretto said he is glad that BJMP-6 continues to strive hard in implementing the SPB. Citing the difficulty of the bureau in terms of budget and hypercongestion in all its facilities nationwide, Barretto revealed that the challenges are quite big for all personnel to face, yet BJMP-6 made relevant steps to address the problems.
Barretto also disclosed that Philippine jails have the highest congestion rate in the whole world with an average of 508%. This has even exacerbated due to the continued war of the law enforcement agencies against illegal drugs and crimes.
“We are the highest in jail congestion in the world, and we will remain the same given the relentless war of the President against illegal drugs and other criminalities. However, we are hopeful with the President support and promise to address the problem of congestion as well as raise the incentives of all BJMP personnel starting 2019,” Barretto said.
Senior Supt. Delarmente said he is hopeful that the just-concluded awards would boost the morale of all BJMP 6 personnel and inspire them to perform better in their jobs.
“In the end, it is not always about personal gain that personnel were given awards but because they have been dedicated in their duties and responsibilities especially in improving the lot of our inmates,” Delarmente said.
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