San Ramon Penal Colony launches 10-year roadmap PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 August 2012 13:59

The San Ramon Penal Colony under the leadership of Supt. Mario Trasmonte has successfully launched last Friday the 10-year roadmap program dubbed as “BuCor 2022” or the mission and vision of the Bureau of Correction till the year 2022 as envisioned by its Acting National Director Gaudencio Pangilinan.

BuCor 2022 is a nationwide program which the penal colony in San Ramon, this city, took the honor of implementing it first and the same will also be carried out by other penal farms in the country.

Its vision is to relentlessly pursue the programs in order to improve public safety, provide a descent, secure and drug-free inmate environment, institutionalize a professional and accountable corrections administration, and expand inmate post release opportunities.

In his message written in “The BuCor 2022 Road Map Magazine”, Director Pangilinan said that the 10-year road map was developed in collaboration with the different stakeholders and with the assistance from the Institute for Solidarity in Asia.

“As we work to rebuild the lives of our inmates through information, each BuCor employee has to be a leader both by heart and by practice. Leaders serve as best examples where values are extremely important. Leaders genuinely care for their flock unmindful of the odds and challenges. Through BuCor 2022, we shall turn our vision into realities and all the challenges to greater opportunities,” Pangilinan stated in his five-paragraph message to the men and women of BuCor in the entire country.

In San Ramon Penal Farm, more or less 130 employees, 120 of whom are prison guards who are looking into the 1, 381 prisoners classified into minimum, medium and maximum sentence.

To avoid possible breakout, Trasmonte said the consistent 3-times body counting among the leaving out prisoners is being observed and regular inspection of all quarters or cells and strict body search on visitors.

At present, Trasmonte said no one from among the prisoners are considered high profile except of course from few high risk convicts of maximum penalty.

As part of its roadmap program, BuCor has issued memorandum circular in May 2012 pushing for a drug-free workplace through stricter implementation of the disciplinary actions and administrative penalties to both employees and inmates found to be positive for the use of dangerous drugs.

For BuCor employees, the first offense is the last offense and that is dismissal from the service.

In order to divert inmates’ attention, San Ramon penal colony is continuously enticing inmates to actively participate in income-generating activities such as the production of sellable wood crafts, massive production of Christmas lanterns, and other livelihood programs inside the correction like copra production.

While the office is gaining from the available livelihood programs, the inmates are also receiving incentives out of their hard works while serving their sentence, Trasmonte said.—Jimmy Villaflores