By Chito Chavez
The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) has set a massive recruitment campaign to improve its delivery of public service for persons deprived of liberty (PDL).
Known as the “One on One Para sa Bayan’’, the program aims to provide the necessary tools to prepare the PDL’s reintegration to the society as law abiding citizens.
The campaign is also geared at building public awareness on BJMP’s 2,000 Jail Officer 1 vacant positions.
BJMP Community Relations Service Office Head and spokesman Jail Chief Inspector Xavier Solda said the information drive is an intensified recruitment activity that will be held all over the country.
BJMP chief Jail Director Deogracias Tapayan urged qualified individuals applicants to exercise their sense of patriotism by applying and being a part of the BJMP team.
“We not only offer a career in government service but also an opportunity to be part of a noble profession that changes the lives of people behind bars regardless of your educational or professional background”, he added.
Tapayan also noted the fulfilment that every jail personnel is enjoying once the PDL under their care are released.
“This is the best part of becoming a jail officer. We can see beautiful stories of transformations and reformations of PDL under our care. It’s really inspiring to see them ready to embrace a good life outside”, Tapayan stressed.
Jail Officer 1 is an entry position in the BJMP with a monthly salary of P37,448 which includes the base pay, personnel economic relief allowance, subsistence allowance, quarter allowance, clothing and laundry allowances.
The general qualifications for applicants includes baccalaureate degree, civil service eligibility, age not less than 21 years old but not more than 30 years old, at least 1.62 meters in height for male and 1.57 meters for female, of good moral character and not dishonorably discharged from previous employments.
Those who meet the minimum qualifications may submit their application folders containing their personal data sheet, copy of diploma and transcript of records, birth certificate issued by Philippine Statistics Authority, certificate of eligibility, valid clearances from NBI, PNP, the barangay and courts, and certificate of previous employment to BJMP Regional Offices nationwide.
Meanwhile, the “One on One Para sa Bayan” aims to utilize the current number of BJMP personnel to support the agency’s recruitment campaign by encouraging at least one qualified applicant from their immediate communities to apply as jail officer.
“The idea of the project is basically to tap each BJMP personnel to share their time and knowledge in showcasing the bureau to at least one qualified individual and encourage that person to submit his or her application the soonest time possible.”, said Solda.
“This is cost saving and more practical on the part of the agency because aside from we can easily fill-up the vacancies from the pool of applicants we will be creating, our personnel can directly engage with the public and share what the bureau have done so far in terms of safekeeping and developing the lives of PDL under our care.”, he added.
The campaign is in support to the continuing recruitment efforts of the BJMP organization for qualified individuals to join the jail management profession.
Previously, the BJMP successfully launched an online campaign dubbed as #ILoveBJMP in various digital media platforms to encourage applicants. The bureau was able to fill-up its vacancies.
The quota for 2019 was doubled by the national government to 2,000 from 1,000 slots last year.
This is also the BJMP’s biggest recruitment for jail officers in almost three decades.
“We are really grateful for the support we are receiving from the national government and this inspires us to do more with our job”, Tapayan emphasized.
The agency is inviting the public to visit its website at www.bjmp.gov.ph and to follow its official Facebook Fan Page for more details and information.
The BJMP is a line agency under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) exercising supervision and jurisdiction over 476 district, city and municipal jails nationwide.