The municipality of Brooke’s Point broke ground on Monday for an additional district jail building in Brgy. Tubtub which will be funded by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
Town mayor Mary Jean Feliciano was among the special guests with Jail Senior Insp. Clifford Jay Calanoga who represented Jail Senior Supt. Revelina Sindol, the regional director of the BJMP in MIMAROPA.
Calanoga said the second building that will be constructed will cost around P14 million and will be able to accommodate 300 inmates or persons deprived of liberty (PDL).
“Ire-replicate lang ‘yong building para sa Phase 2 ng jail. Inaasahan natin na anytime mula ngayon ay pasisimulan na ang pagpapagawa nito,” he said.
Feliciano, on the other hand, welcomed the additional correctional facility, particularly now that Brooke’s Point already has Branch 165 of the Regional Trial Court (RTC).
She said the court branch handles cases in seven municipalities in southern Palawan and needs the support of the additional correction facility.
Mayor Feliciano said the BJMP can expect that the municipal government will back the future jail building.
“Makakaasa kayo ng tuloy-tuloy na suporta mula sa local government unit (LGU) dahil alam na natin na kaakibat ng pag-unlad ang pagdami ng population natin maging ng mga PDL,” she said.
Meanwhile, Senior Jail Officer 3 Charlie Malitao Jr. said the new district jail building that was constructed in 2018 can already be occupied anytime.
It has the capacity to house around 500 inmates, he said.
Malitao said they already need to transfer because the population of the inmates in the current building being occupied has already exceeded its capacity.
“Hinihintay na lang namin ang go signal mula sa region. Anytime ay lilipat na rin kami dahil masyado ng nagsisiksikan ang mga bilanggo sa loob ng kulungan,” he pointed out.