Feature: Former nurse, now jail officer stops smoking habit of inmates

Escorting 127-persons to a designated “Sunning Area” within the perimeter of the city prison cell has been the morning routine  of Jail Officer Louis Miguel Abadiez. This, he shared, was one approach in combatting smoking withdrawal syndrome.

Formerly referred as inmates, these men who are called today as deprived with liberty (PDL)  are likely to thank Abadiez for helping them withdraw slowly the smoking habit.

Little did the officer  know that the task of talking to the PDLs and listening to their stories would eventually shift their habits from undesirable  to  likeable ones,  and it caught the attention of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penolog (BJMP) that he was accorded the Jail Non-Officer Rank (JNOR) award for the whole BJMP throughout Eastern Visayas region.

In an interview, Abadiez  said he did not expect any recognition because  to him, he just did what was right besides being one of his responsibilities. Also, he was surprised because except for the reports and documentations submitted, the evaluators did not even visit him. 

“Maybe they based the award from the records and other documents  that are regularly submitted to the regional office,” Abadiez guessed.

He recalled that since 2013 after completing  the DOH Training Course, he was  designated as Smoking Cessation Counselor and since then, he continued  promoting the anti-smoking program not only to  PDLs but also to nearby citizens.

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The JNOR award was presented to Abadiez during their PNP 27th anniversary celebration held at the Matapat Hall, PNP Regional Office 8 in Palo, Leyte, last August 8-9, this year.

It was learned further, that BJMP-Maasin City Jail received the Red Orchid Hall of Fame for having won three consecutive years starting from 2014 based on the DOH’s set criteria for implementing 100 percent Tobacco-Free Environment and following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “MPOWER” (Monitor; Protect; Offer help; Warning; Enforce and Raise Taxes on tobacco) Framework.

Among other programs introduced by Abadiez to the PDLs are Anti-Tuberculosis program, personal health care, regular health monitoring, among other health services.

“Being a nurse by profession, people wonder why I don’t go abroad to earn more, but by personal choice I stay, because I also find happiness in helping my fellow Maasinhons, and to me that is the best measure,” Abadiez concluded.

Last year, 2017, Abadiez also received the Best Jail Unit Nurse of the Year basing on the Program and Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) from the BJMP Regional Office during their 26th Anniversary celebration held July 24, 2017. (LDL/RGC/PIA-8, SoLeyte)

Source: PIA Feed