QUEZON City Jail Male Dormitory warden Supt. Michelle Ng-Bonto couldn’t hide thanking Mayor Joy Belmonte for the latter’s consistent support to provide decent accommodation for Persons Deprived of Liberty and address decongestion problems.
This, as the jail warden revealed with Good Riddance that some 1, 798 PDLs have been released from QCJMD owing to the circular issued by the Supreme Court through its Office of Court Administrator and support of the mayor and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology-National Capital Region director Chief Supt. Clint Russel Tangeres.
“This time, we could now release them without the need for a court order as long as they have completed their service of sentence and there is no other lawful reason for them to stay incarcerated,” she said.
The QCJMD warden, hailed by the mayor for her intensified campaign in keeping the all-male detention cells free from illegal drugs, improvised weapons, among others, through the ‘Operation-Greyhound,’ said the newly-built jail facility initiated by Belmonte administration in Barangay Payatas would also help address the congestion problem of PDLs in the Kamuning facility.
The Payatas facility is a five-storey structure with three buildings located at 2.4 hectares of property donated by the city government to BJMP.
Ng-Bonto said the Payatas facility has areas for non-contact visitation, laundry, livelihood training, sports, recreational activities and medical infirmary for PDLs and administrative building and billeting for jail personnel.
Belmonte said the newly-built facility was a dream come-true for her as she’s wanted of giving PDLs an ideal place where they can be visited by their loved ones, where they can study and exercise as they prepare to get reintegrated to society.
She stressed that the whole purpose of building such huge facility was to help the PDLs rehabilitate in order to give them a second chance at life and not punish them.
Reiterating her gratitude to the mayor, Ng-Bonto said the Belmonte administration has allotted a total of P139-million for the on-going construction of its perimeter fence.
“Once the perimeter fence is completed, all PDLs in Kamuning facility will be transferred there.”
With an ideal capacity of mere 262 PDLs, the Kamuning facility has currently a population of 3, 223 detainees with a congestion rate at 1, 130 percent.