Provincial Jail Management Division (PJMD) said Tuesday it has begun to implement a national law that reduces a detainee’s jail term for good behavior.
Jose Sany Rabago, PJMD officer-in-charge, told Palawan News they have already conducted an orientation to the jail officers and detainees regarding Republic Act 10592 or the Good Conduct Time Allowances (GCTA) Law.
Under the law, a detainee is entitled to a deduction of 20 days from his jail term for each month of good behavior.
In addition, the deduction of jail time is raised to 23 days on the third to fifth year, 25 days on the sixth to 10th year and 30 days on the 11th year and succeeding years of imprisonment.
“May 15 points kapag walang violation, equivalent to 15 days, tapos kung sasali siya sa mga ALS or TESDA, 25 days naman ‘yon. Kung may calamity na nasira ang jail pero hindi siya tumakas, another 25 days of deduction din ‘yon,” he added.
Rabago said the law took effect in 2013 but had not been given attention by the previous jail management.
“Dapat noong 2013 pa talaga. Kaya sa November pinupursigi talaga natin na maisasakatuparan na ito,” he said.
He added they are coordinating with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penalogy, noting that there were negative responses from some concerned agencies in Palawan.
The GCTA will be implemented within this year wherein an inmate can start earning time deduction for good behavior, Rabago said.
“Kapag na-avail ‘yon ng detainee, almost half ng buwan niya sa loob ay mawawala. Kung 30 days, magiging 15 o 10 days na lang ang itatagal niya sa jail basta wala siyang violation sa rules and regulation,” Rabago said.
Rabago noted that detainees who had been informed of the policy have started manifesting good behavior.
“‘Behave na sila mula noon, basta wag lang gawin ‘yong tatakas sila, mananakit, magmumura, magsusugal o hindi maayos ang haircut basta ‘yong mga ganoon,” he said.
Atty. Emerald Hombrebueno of BJMP Paralegal team said during a recent seminar that the BJMP has some 149,331 detainees throughout the country this year, compared to 96,000 in 2015. He attributed the increase to the national government’s campaign against drugs.