Zambo jail deprived of infra projects? Print
Saturday, 15 November 2014 11:34

The warden of the Zamboanga City Jail is not completely happy even though the facility bagged most of the awards during the 23rd BJMP anniversary.

Chief Insp.Julius Arro said the city jail is not in the priority list of the BJMP in terms of infrastructure projects.

“We are left out in terms of infrastructure projects as compared to other jail facilities in other parts of the country. Despite our frequent request letters sent to the BJMP for infra project, for several years we haven’t got any funds for the improvement of a new jail facility,” Arro said.

He explained that this issue is being presented to the national office every year and as head of the facility he always includes this proposal for fund allocation for the construction of a new jail facility.

He added this proposal is then passed on to the BJMP regional office stating that this Zamboanga City Jail is in dire need improvement

“Lumalaki ang jail population, pero di nadadagdagan ang mga selda,” Arro said.

Arro lamented that that every year what they get from the bureau and DBM are fund allocation merely for the repair and renovation of the jail facility.  He said this won’t solve the problem of congestion inside the facility.

Arro preferred not to comment on why the government seems to be lukewarm in allocating funds for infrastructure projects in the city jail.

Meanwhile, the jail warden is thankful to stakeholders including the city government for constantly supporting the jail with regular operational supplies and other allowances.

Arro is still hopeful that the government will pay attention to these needs so that the 1,430 detainees in the jail facility will be relieved from thecongestion problem.