QC gov’t constructs new dorm for female inmates

Published September 27, 2018, 12:48 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Chito Chavez

The Quezon City government has announced the construction of a new female facility inside Camp Karingal that is expected to ease the congestion woes of the persons deprived with liberty (PDLs).

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista
Quezon city Mayor Herbert Bautista  (Photo by Michael Varcas/ MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) 

Quezon City BJMP female dormitory warden J/Supt. Marie Rose Laguyo said the dormitory, designed for 90 inmates currently holds 982 PDLs.

“Ang ideal capacity nito ay 90 lang. Ang ating congestion rate ay 1000 percent na. Malaking tulong talaga ‘yang building sa decongestion natin sa dormitory (The ideal capacity is only 90. Our congestion rate is 1000 percent already. Th e building is a big help to ease congestion in the dormitory),,” Laguyo said.

The four-storey building is expected to accommodate 620 PDLs once its construction is completed early next year.

It will provide 15 more cells to the dormitory’s current three cells.

The new building will also house a multi-purpose hall, clinic, the administration office, and a separate facility for pregnant PDLs.

“Kapag natapos ang ginagawang building, ang pansamantalang tirahan ng mga PDL natin ay magiging maluwag at komportable para sa kanila (The temporary living space of the PDL will be more comfortable once the building is completed),” Laguyo said.

Laguyo said the construction of the new building will also enable the BJMP to easily separate the sickly and pregnant PDLs.

“Walang hanggang pasasalamat sa Quezon City government, lalong-lalo na kay Mayor Herbert Bautista at Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, dahil kung wala po sila, maaaring hindi namin magawa ng maayos ang aming mandato bilang tagapangalaga sa mga kapatid naming nasa kulungan. (Our overwhelming thanks to the Quezon City government especially to Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte. Without them, we will not be able to perform our mandate of taking care of our PDL sisters),” she added.

Aside from the building, the city government through the City Health Department provides health services to the PDLs, while the Social Services Development Department (SSDD) offers livelihood skills training every quarter.

Laguyo noted that aside from the trainings and other services, the administration of the female dormitory also recently received a transport van from the Bautista administration.

Mayor Bautista said his administration is geared on continuing to provide the needs of the public including the PDLs.