Floor plan for Davao’s mega-jail facility
DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Jail congestion remains a problem in Davao City due to the increasing number of inmates.
The city’s detention facility, which has a capacity of 300 prisoners, is currently housing more or less 3,000 detainees.
This means that the Davao City jail has a congestion rate of 696%, a far cry from the ideal rate of 421%.
Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) XI spokesperson, J/Insp. Edo Lobena said, “Just imagine, the [congestion rate] is triple. Can you imagine how they sleep? How are we supposed to take care of these inmates? This is one of the toughest jobs, especially for us BJMP personnel.”
Jail authorities expect to resolve the problem at the soonest possible time with the construction of an eight-hectare mega jail facility in the village of Calinan, Davao City.
Construction is set to begin this month.
“The construction of the jail facility in Wangan is already in the bidding process … and also handled by the Department of Works and Highways,” said Lobena.
The facility is expected to house 5,000 to 6,000 inmates.
The government will spend an estimated amount of P300,000 to P80-million for the construction which will come from the national budget.
Authorities also plan to set up an organic farming area inside the mega-jail facility for the inmates.
The said facility will also have an incubation site and classrooms where inmates can enroll for entrepreneurship courses so they could build their own livelihood after their release from prison. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News and Rescue