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Aquino underscores need to improve penology system


President Benigno S. Aquino III underscored the importance of improving the Philippines’ system of caring for its inmates, saying it was the responsibility of all Filipinos to effect a lasting change and improvement on the country’s penology system.

In his speech keynoting the 21st anniversary of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology held at Camp Crame in Quezon City on Monday, the President said all Filipinos had to pitch-in to ensure that the correctional system can bring true rehabilitation to the lives of our inmates languishing in jail for their crimes.

“Tungkulin nating baguhin hindi lamang ang sistema ng koreksyonal ng Pilipinas, kundi pati na rin ang pagtanaw ng ilang mamamayan sa kanilang kapwa Pilipinong nasa loob ng bilangguan,” the President said.

“Hindi nagtatapos ang hustisya sa parusa; hindi maitutuwid ang kamalian sa pagyurak sa karapatan ng mga kapwa natin sa bilangguan. Bilang mga responsableng gabay ng mga bilanggo, gawin nating tunay na lunsaran ng pagbabagong-buhay ang ating sistemang koreksyonal,” he added.

He said that in the two years that his administration has been in existence, improving the BJMP’s ability to care for inmates, through upgrading the agency’s infrastructure and equipment, was on top of his priority list.

These upgrades include: the construction of an additional 47 prison buildings to house 69,735 inmates around the country and the computerization of jail records under the National Inmates Monitoring System (NIMS).

“Sa paraang ito, mas mabilis at mas epektibo na ang pag-track sa mga kaso, sa haba ng sentensya at impormasyon tungkol sa mga bilanggo. Sosolusyunan po nito ang kaso ng mga presong tapos na ang sentensya, nananatili pa rin sa kanilang selda. Tutuldukan nito ang mano-manong paghagilap ng datos, at ang magulong sistema na kulang na lang ay isulat sa tissue paper ang pangalan ng mga bilanggo,” the President said.

He added that P500 million has already been allocated to construct 2,000 housing units for the personnel of the BJMP and the Bureau of Fire Protection while retired employees will be able to withdraw their pensions through their bank accounts via ATMs (automated teller machines).

He called on the BJMP to join government efforts to rid the bureaucracy of corruption through its various reforms being implemented and become true instruments of change.

“Tunay nga pong mayroon na kayong gobyernong kumakalinga sa inyo. Ang pakiusap ko lang po -- pangalagaan natin ang magagandang bunga ng ating reporma; iwaksi natin ang kaisipang wang-wang, at maging instrumento ng tunay na pagbabago. Patibayin po natin ang ating bayanihan tungo sa bayang sakdal-laya at puspos ng ginhawa,” the President said. (

by: PNA

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