Zambo Reformatory reaches out to inmates family members PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 May 2017 10:38

By RG Antonet Go

A total of 13 Zamboanga City Jail (ZCJ) inmates have benefited from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology’s (BJMP) Oplan TOKLAW or Tulungan ang mga preso Oras nang Kalimutan ang Lungkot sa Araw-araw na Walang dalaw, a program which aims to help the inmates and their families reunite for the benefit of the inmates.

The first stop of the group was barangay Sta Catalina on May 1 and May 13 Rio-Hondo and Baliwasan. They served six inmates whose love ones resides at Sta Catalina, Rio Hondo one, and Baliwasan six.

J/Chief Inspector Ervin R. Diaz, Officer-in-Charge ZCJ warden said in an interview that with the program, the office will be able to open communication between inmates and their families and their loved ones.

The aim is for forgiveness and acceptance of the family to be established in cases where inmates were forgotten by their families.

The program further aims to remind the family that their moral support is of outmost importance to an inmate’s life, and the loved ones will be reminded to take good care of their family member in jail.

In the program, the family, friends, or relatives of the inmates who do not have visitors are personally being visited by BJMP officials, the religious group, and the barangay, and after that they schedule the visit to the city jail for them to see their loved ones.

BJMP will facilitate the transportation for the families who can’t afford to visit their loved ones inside the jail. This was also made possible through the integrated various government agencies from bjmp, religious groups to the barangay level.

With the program, inmates will also develop self-esteem and thus pre-empt untoward incident and possible plans to escape.

Radzma Hamis, an inmates relative said that “Dahil sa bisita nila sa amin naliwanagan kami. Noon kasi ang ugali bahala na sila doon. Anak ng asawa ko ang nandoon sa City Jail.”

She added that “Mabuti na meron ganitong programa may chance na madalaw namin sila.”

Joseline Estrada, of the Couples for Christ said that “We are happy that we are part of the TOKLAW I hope this activity will go on until another warden will arrive. I hope relatives will find time to visit to make their relatives inside ZCJ feel that they are wanted and they are not alone inside the city jail”

The program will continue as ZCJ still has a total of 178 inmates registered with no visitors. (RGAAGo)