Issue of July 9, 2017
Mt. Province

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Relocation of Baguio City Jail proposed
by Beatrisha A. Iglesia

Oplan Tokhang has lied low but its problematic effect in the city’s detention facility remains unsolved.

In the male dorm of the Baguio City Jail, the increased population of detainees resulted in overcrowding. The dorm was designed to cater to only 250 detainees. Based on City Jail records, the male dorm houses 520 male detainees where 52 percent of the jail population are charged with drug offenses.

According to Intelligence and Investigation Section Chief Rolando Diwas, the warden of the city jail’s male dorm ordered stricter implementation of security measures including the “No contraband” and “Zero drug tolerance” policies.

Manned by only 67 personnel, the City Jail’s male dorm stepped up its inspection of visitors  upon entry to the detention center.

A few months ago, deadly weapons, cell phones, and illegal drugs were confiscated from some of the detainees. These items are reportedly sneaked in through the open quadrangle of the City Jail or when visitors bring such items and are not detected by the guards. For the second quarter of this year, Diwas said there were no recorded incidents on the entry of contrabands in the male dorm.

He said overcrowding is also due to the prolonged litigation of drug-related offenses.

To solve overcrowding, a proposal has been submitted at the city council to relocate the present City Jail, including the Female Dorm to a 5,000-square meter city property at Barangay Sto. Tomas Proper.

The proposed building can accommodate at least 2,000 detainees.

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