The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) has asked the city government to relocate the City Jail to another area that can accommodate their increasing number of detainees.
City jail spokesperson Marlito Anza told Palawan News recently they have called the city government’s attention over the congestion of their facility, which holds over 600 inmates. The facility, he said, is designed for a maximum of 200 detained persons.
He said the men’s dormitory which has an ideal capacity of 200 individuals is holding over 600 inmates, while over 80 women inmates are occupying the space fit only for 40 people.
“For the benefit of the PDL (Persons Deprived of Liberty) here in Puerto Princesa City, nananawagan po kami sa mga kaibigan natin sa local government na sana ay matulungan ang BJMP sa problemang kinakaharap namin ngayon,” said Anza.
He also noted that the local government in 2014 already passed a resolution petitioning the Department of Justice (DOJ) to donate a lot in Iwahig for City Jail’s relocation, but was eventually turned down by DOJ.
Jail officials attributed the rapid increase of inmates at City Jail to the ongoing government campaign against drugs.
Anza added that they are also concerned that the prevailing congestion at City Jail could lead to health problems among detainees.