Issue of July 9, 2017
Mt. Province

69th Courier Anniversary Issue
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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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Department of Tourism – CAR
University of Baguio
Venus Parkview Hotel

Congressman Mark O. Go
Department of Health – CAR
Kings College of the Philippines
Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan
Narda’s Handwoven Arts & Crafts Inc.
Philex Mining Corporation
Pines City Colleges
Province of Benguet
Sangguniang Panlungsod
SM City Baguio
Social Security System

Assumption Medical Diagnostic Center
Baguio Center Mall
Baguio Central University
Baguio Heart and Lung Diagnostic Center Inc.
Baguio Memorial Chapels Incorporated
Baguio Water District
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – CAR
C & Triple A Supermart
Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan
Curamed Pharmacy
Data Center College of the Philippines of Baguio City Inc.
Department of Agriculture – CAR
Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR
Department of Trade and Industry – CAR
Department of Transportation – CAR
Easter College Incorporated
Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Fast East Pacific Commercial
Filipino–Japanese Friendship Association of Northern Luzon, Inc.
GMS Technology
Immigration Network Services, Inc.
La Funeraria Paz, Inc.
Mayor Romeo K. Salda
MMS Development Training Center Corporation
Mother Earth Deli Basket
National Economic & Development Authority–CAR
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
Philippine Science High School – CARC
R.A. Gapuz Review Center
Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – CAR
Solibao – Ganza Restaurant
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
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