By Chito Chavez
The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) has further strengthened its program that would improve the conditions of persons deprived of liberty (PDL) during their incarceration.
BJMP spokesman Chief Inspector Xavier Solda said that the program will cater mainly to indigent, with no visitors, sick and the aged PDL.
Solda said that BJMP chief Jail Director Doegracias Tapayan sees the need to provide compassion to the PDL with special needs. Due to their miseries and unfavorable state, some highly depressed PDL run amok or in the worse scenario committed suicide, he said.
The BJMP was cited for showing compassion and care as the program uplifted the sagging spirit of the needy PDL.
During the celebration of the National Correctional Consciousness Week and in line with the ComPASSION Projects for the 45th Founding Anniversary of the Career Executive Service Board (CESB), the BJMP conducted a special activity for the “visitorless, indigent, sick and aged (V.I.S.A)” persons deprived of liberty (PDL) at the Makati City Jail.
The V.I.S.A Free project was highlighted by activities like medical and dental missions, feeding program, lecture on breastfeeding and lactation, gift giving and mini-reunion for selected PDL and their families.
Tapayan cited the CESB for the community-partnership with the BJMP that benefitted PDL with special needs. “This special activity aims to support the cause of PDL, and build strong coordination among government and non-government agencies,’’ Tapayan said.
The CESB’s ComPASSION Project is in accordance with the anniversary celebration of the agency.
During the celebration, the CESB will conduct 45 community service projects in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals nationwide with the VISA Free Project being one of them.
During the activity, CESB through Undersecretary Rosalina L. Bistoyong, president of the National Union of Career Service Eligible (NUCESO) praised the BJMP for introducing innovations in skills development programs for the PDL.
“We are one with the BJMP’s vision of delivering sustainable development programs while providing human-rights based approach, particularly to PDL with special needs,” said Bistoyong.