P581-M jail facility to enhance rehabilitation

The groundbreaking ceremony for Phase 1 of the new P581-million Iloilo City District Jail marks a significant step towards improving conditions for persons deprived of liberty (PDL).

The first phase, costing P235 million, signals the commencement of this transformative project.

Committed to the vision of reforming the correctional system, Cong. Jojo Ang spearheaded the conceptualization and groundbreaking of the new facility.

“Sang nakita ko ila sitwasyon, natandog gid ako. Amo ina nga ginpursige ko gid ini nga matuman, kaupod ang BJMP, DPWH, si Gov. Toto, Cong. Ferj Biron, Cong. Mike Gorriceta kag Mayor Jerry Treñas. This facility was once just a vision. However, through perseverance and collaboration, we secured the necessary funding,” Ang stated.

Ang, a vocal advocate for jail reforms since his first year in office, described his firsthand experiences visiting overcrowded and inadequate jail facilities.

“Personal ako nagabisita sa mga presohan. I firmly believe that providing better conditions for PDLs is crucial for their rehabilitation. This new facility will offer them a sense of dignity and community while in detention,” he said.

Phase 1 of the project includes the construction of a three-story dormitory for female inmates. Subsequent phases will include administrative offices, health services, a kitchen, visitation areas, a chapel, and secure perimeter fencing.

According to Ang, the project is designed to create safer, more humane living conditions with access to recreational and rehabilitation programs. It will also include a regional office of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

The initiative has garnered support from local leaders, including Mayor Jerry P. Treñas, Governor Arthur Defensor Jr., Representatives Michael Gorriceta and Ferjenel Biron, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Director Sanny Boy Oropel, BJMP Regional Director Simeon Dolojo, and BJMP chief Jail Director Ruel Rivera.

Ang extended his gratitude to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Speaker Martin Romualdez for their continuous support of the Ilonggo community.

In addition to the new facility, two vehicles were also turned over to the BJMP, enhancing transportation for court appearances and other essential needs of the PDLs.

“Ensuring safe and reliable transportation for our PDLs and police force is a critical component of our overall improvements,” Ang noted.

Mayor Treñas, through a statement delivered by his son, Councilor Miguel Treñas, expressed his appreciation for the collaborative efforts that made the new jail possible.

“Luyag ta man mangin maayo ang kahimtangan sang aton mga PDLs amo ina nga gintingwaan ta matukod ang ila bag-o nga puluy-an. This groundbreaking marks a pivotal moment in our mission to provide superior rehabilitation facilities for our PDLs. It’s a significant achievement for our community,” the mayor said.

In November 2022, the Iloilo City government purchased the two-hectare lot and donated it to the BJMP as the site of the new Iloilo City Jail to address the overcrowding issues in existing jails.

Furthermore, the city government plans to develop a livelihood training facility to support inmates’ rehabilitation and eventual reintegration into society.

“With this state-of-the-art facility, we aim to offer new beginnings and renewed hope for our PDLs. Every individual deserves a second chance, and this project is a testament to that belief,” the mayor concluded.


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