The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has called attention to the congestion of jail facilities in Palawan and the insufficiency of food allowances for detainees.
The CHR Regional Office which conducted jail visits in Palawan detention facilities recently noted that the common problem exists throughout the province.
Atty. Dennis Mosquera, CHR MIMAROPA Regional Director, added that most municipal police station detention facilities are in good condition except in Puerto Princesa City.
He said that Puerto Princesa City PNP detention cell was very congested when they conducted an inspection, noting that the 12 detainees currently being held in the facilities were living under cramped conditions.
“Nakalagay ‘yung mga duyan na halos four layers na. Sabi ko ingat sila kasi kapag nahulog ‘yung sa taas, kawawa ‘yung sa ilalim,” Mosquera said.
The CHR said it will ask the help of the local government to transfer most of the detainees to regular detention facilities after their inquest proceedings.
“Ang 12 sobrang masikip ‘yun sa detention cell ng City PNP. Susulat tayo sa LGU, dito lang naman masikip talaga, kasi ‘yung iba sa munisipyo wala pa ngang laman,” Morisquera said.
In municipal detentions such as in Brooke’s Point, Mosquera said there were only six persons detained and some cells were empty. He said they also conducted random interviews with the detainees.
He noted that the daily food allowance of the detainees remain at P60 per day which is not sufficient.
“Ganoon pa rin pala ang budget nila, P60 pesos a day. Siguro nag-aadjust din sila kasi wala namang dagdag daw, kapag maramihan ang bili siguro ginagawan nila ng paraan para magkasya,” he said.
Mosquera also said the problem should be addressed to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penalogy and also to the House of Congress for the possibility of increasing the allocation budget for detainees food.
“Isa ‘yun sa purpose namin ang bumisita sa mga nakakulong at tingnan kung ano ang problema at kung ano ang magiging solusyon natin,” he added.