By Chito Chavez
Some 52 jail officers and 12 units of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) from the 476 jails in the country were cited on Monday for their exemplary performance in public service.
The group was recognized on Monday during SecondGawad Penolohiya.
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary for Peace and Order Manuel Felix led the rites where personnel who exemplified topnotch public service delivery in various frontline services of the BJMP were honored.
“This is another monumental success for the BJMP as an organization, giving not only a pat at the back of its personnel but rather, rendering its grandest salute to those whose love and commitment to the jail management profession goes beyond the call of their respective duties,” said Felix.
“Looking at the awardees, I am seeing not just jail officers. I see people whose hearts are willing to take care of the least, the lost and the last in life. I see not just jail officers who effectively doing their jobs but people who change lives’, he added.
BJMP Chief Jail Director Allan Iral congratulated the awardees for their efforts in ensuring that all concerns in frontline services were properly attended particularly the complaints in service delivery.
“The public deserves the best kind of service from us government workers. In turn, we are sharing the praises and commendations we are receiving to our personnel in ceremonies like this,” said Iral.
He emphasized the BJMP rank-and-file is vital in ensuring the bureau’s programs and welfare of the persons deprived of liberty (PDL) are well taken cared of and handled efficiently.
Recently, Civil Service Commissioner Aileen Lizada commended the BJMP Regional Office 12 for its outstanding public service delivery.
She emphasized how impressed she was on how the jail officers are efficiently performing their sworn duties.
BJMP spokesman Chief Inspector Xavier Solda noted “the Gawad Penolohiya is part of the BJMPs Personnel Recognition, Awards and Incentive System that honors personnel doing frontline services such as Escort and Custodial Officers, Intelligence Officers, Human Rights Action Officers, Help Desk Officers, Community Relations Service Officers, and other services on operations and welfare and development programs and activities in the BJMP.’’