Jail visitors asked to secure official ID PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 July 2013 11:11

The Zamboanga City Reformatory Center under its Jail Warden Sr. Insp. Julius Arro has required all jail visitors particularly families and friends of inmates to secure a new identification card produced by the jail management with a corresponding fee of P50.

Arro said that the ID policy was initiated by him to improve security measures inside the jail compound where regular inmates are mixed with high risk counterparts.

The mother of an inmate wrote a letter to RMN-Ronda del Noche stating among others her observations every time she visits her son who has been a detainee for already  nine years now. She said that jail guards have been repeatedly telling her to secure a new ID making her suspicious that the jail is making money from production of new IDs.

Arro explained that the P50 fee is in exchange of a laminated ID that his office is producing for visitors.

The ID is of quality kind and can perhaps used for other transactions except of course bank transactions, Arro said.

“We want them to have a uniform ID. Our intention is purely for security reason. However, those who do not have yet the new ID, they can still use other valid IDs. But I really require them to get one,” Arro said.

In so far as the food allowance is concerned, the jail warden said the BJMP central office only allocates the amount of P50 per detainee which is being divided into three meals a day.

Because of this, Arro appealed to the families to bring extra food when they  visit their detained relatives in the city jail — Jimmy Villaflores