BJMP cites PIA, other partners for successful Jails First program
By: Easter Anne D. Doza
Friday 10th of August 2012
BACOLOD CITY, Aug 10 (PIA6) -- The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in its 21st Anniversary Regional celebration here at the Grand Regal Hotel recognized its various partners from the national government agencies and local government units for the successful implementation of its Jails First program.

Philippine Information Agency Negros Occidental Information Center Manager Lorenzo Lambatin Jr. received the recognition in behalf of PIA Regional Director Atty. Ma. Janet C. Mesa for the agency’s information support and comprehensive television coverage of the bureau’s Jails First Program aired over CCN Views and Features-Hangpanay in Iloilo City.

Jails First is an acronym for the bureau’s goal to professionalize the handling of inmates and management of jails in the country. JAILS stands for Jail Management Services, Acquisition, Training and Maintenance of Human Resources, Innovations and Good Practices, Logistics and Support from the Top.

BJMP Deputy Director for Administration and concurrent Deputy Chief for Operations J/CSUPT Doris Remedios-Dorigo, the first lady general in the BJMP, lauded the personnel of BJMP 6 for standing by their duties and for being united in implementing the programs of the bureau.

“You made a mark before the public on how passionate you are as BJMP officers in delivering services to our clientele. It’s not surprising that for the last three months, stories and photos of your activities were featured in the local dailies in the region,” Dorigo said citing the Community Relations Service (CRS) of BJMP for their active coordination with the media.

According to Dorigo, since 2005 when the transfer of hundreds of prisoners to the Bureau of Corrections via the Roll on Roll Off started, no untoward incident had happened. She added that instead the BJMP had doubled its efforts to capture an escapee from the Navotas Municipal Jail through the Aklan District Jail which she added is a true manifestation of peacekeeping operation.

Meanwhile, Atty. Mesa said that PIA was just doing its job as the information arm of government in their assistance to the BJMP and said they look forward to more projects in coordination with BJMP.

Aside from PIA, BJMP also cited the Public Attorney’s Office of San Jose Antique through Atty. Antonio Alcantara and the National Meat Inspection Service 6 for the national government agencies. Recognized too were Engr. Amado Malhabour and Retired J/CSUPT Ernesto Canong for the training conducted to personnel and inmates.

For local government units, mayors Emmanuel Aranda of Binalbagan, Angel Allan Celino of Roxas City, Patrick Escalante of Cadiz City, Juliet Marie Ferrer of La Carlota City, Christine Garin of the Municipality of Guimbal, Ronaldo Golez of the Municipality of Dumangas, Evelio Leonardia of Bacolod City, Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo City, Francis Malabor of the Municipality of Isabela, Jose Montelibano of Silay City, Eric Saratan of Talisay City, Ramon Torres of Bago City, Gerardo Valmayor of San Carlos City, Melecio Yap of Escalante City, and Isidro Zayco of Kabankalan City were recognized for their support to their respective BJMP.

Governor Felipe Hilan Nava, Congressman Alejandro Mirasol of the 5th District of Negros Occidental were both cited for their regular fund support and Bacolod City Councilor El Cid Familiaran for the city legislation on the appropriate fee for the issuance of inmates’ Certification of Detention.*(JCM/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)
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