The New Quezon City Jail Building in Payatas is set to be opened soon by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP). It is meant to bring the city jail’s congestion rate all the way down to 55%.
A turnover ceremony was held by the bureau when the building’s Phase 1 was completed.
Bureau spokesperson Xavier Solda said that the current Quezon City Male Dormitory, located in Kamuning, has a congestion rate of 1066%. This is due to the 3,184 Persons Deprived of Liberty currently housed there.
“The new facility offers our wards more than enough space to move around and breathe,” BJMP Jail Director Allan Iral said. “We can now spare our PDL from a lot of physical, mental and emotional problems that arise from overcrowding.”
Additional facilities as the project’s next phase are still being finished.
“While we still need to finish other additional facilities in this jail for the next phase of the project,” Iral explained, “we already have a good place to house our PDL.”
The new jail building was built after a Deed of Usufruct was signed by the BJMP and the Quezon City government two years ago. A 2.4-hectare property was donated for 25 years in Barangay Payatas, Quezon City. It is renewable for another 25 years.
According to the bureau, the QC Jail Male Dormitory “was envisioned as a jail facility that is aligned with the living conditions set by the United Nations standards in the custody of its [PDLs],” the bureau also said.
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