The Iwahig Corrections Facility (ICF) is deliberating good conduct time allowance (GCTA) for 55 convicts who were committed inside the penal farm two years after the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10592 were amended.
The Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP) is currently deliberating the GCTA of the said number of persons deprived of liberty (PDL) with complete detention documents and other relevant papers needed to consider their individual prison record jackets, according to corrections facility information officer CTO II Levi Evangelista.
“We are happy that finally, ito na ang revised IRR implementation na—it was temporarily withheld to make some adjustments,” he said.
The RA 10592 was passed in 2013 and revised provisions of the Revised Penal Code (RPC). It granted more GCTAs to persons deprived of liberty which would allow their early releases.
In 2019, the review of its IRR and uniform manual was prompted due to concerns that rape-slay convict former Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez and others convicted of heinous crimes could be released due to their GCTAs.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) completed the 2019 revised manual in late 2020.
“Maganda ito kasi kino-compute na GCTA nila. For recommendation na rin sila ng parole,” Evangelista said.
“It’s a continuing procedure that IPPF MSEC is doing para sa ating mga inaalagaan (na) PDL. Most especially to those who deserve to be given (ng) GCTA that’s why we encourage our PDLs to join the reformation programs for the attendance and to acquire a certain percentage in addition to the regular GCTA,” he added
Speed up GCTA deliberation
CSupt. Joel Calvelo promised to speed up the deliberation and computation of the GCTA for prison decongestion on his first day in ICF after succeeding CSupt. Raul Levita.
Calvelo wanted to apply the GCTA processes of the NBP-North which he chaired the Management, Screening, and Evaluation Committee (MSEC), in ICF’s four sub-colonies.
“Inuna lang muna ito but umuusad na rin bagama’t kulang din tayo sa personnel upang matutukan ito ay willing naman ang MSEC team na mag-overtime,” Evangelista said.
The results of deliberation will be forwarded to the national headquarters of the Bureau of Corrections.
In 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte imposed a 15-day deadline for GCTA freed individuals to return to ICF and six other penal prisons in the Philippines to recompute their GCTA.
Around 180 ex-convicts voluntarily surrendered themselves but later resulted in series of breaks out in Iwahig due to their longer stay than the time they expected.