CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, Sept. 28 (PIA) – The Calabarzon region got the biggest portion of the 250 prisoner vans that were turned over Wednesday to jail facilities in 18 regions of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
BJMP Chief Jail Director Deogracias Tapayan said of the 250 brand new service vehicles, the bulk went to Region IV-A with 36 followed by Region III, 27, National Capital Region, 26, and Region VI, 21.
The vehicles were part of the more than 300 BJMP transport vehicles procured from the P299 million that President Rodrigo Duterte allotted to the BJMP in December 2017. Some 70 vehicles were already awarded in July.
Tapayan said the delivery of the remaining prisoner vans is “a testament of the President’s sincere desire to address the needs of his people in the most expeditious and efficient way possible.”
President Duterte flew to Calamba City on Wednesday, Sept. 26 and turned over the remaining transport vehicles to BJMP.
Tapayan said the grant of transport vehicles is a means to counter the ever-growing need of ensuring the safe movement of detainees and personnel nationwide.
According to the BJMP chief, they have been confronted with the problem of transporting detainees either in island or remote provinces.
The BJMP still has to acquire more than 800 units to answer for the 1,232 vehicles that various city and municipal jails need across the country.
Aside from the transport vehicles, the BJMP has already received a total of P3.4 billion to construct 107 jail buildings in the 18 regions nationwide to address jail overcrowding.
“It was also under (Duterte’s) administration that the double increase in pay of all uniformed personnel became possible,” Tapayan said.
Meanwhile, the President cited instances where uniformed personnel were killed while in transit.
He said: “I do not want you dead. Every incident that results to death of a uniformed personnel means a family is broken and shall suffer because of losing a father.”
According to the BJMP, the distribution of the service vehicles to other regions are as follows: Region 1 (12), Region 2 (9), Region 4B (8), Region 5 (13), Region 7 (15), Region 8 (12),Region 9 (14), Region 10 (16), Region 11 (7), Region 12 (8), Region 13 (10), Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (5), Cordillera Administrative Region (10), and national headquarters (1). (MCA/Joy Gabrido-PIA 4A)
Source: PIA Feed