QUEZON CITY, July 11 -- The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) marks its 27th year in the field of public service last friday as it held its annual recognition ceremony of BJMP's Best for 2018 at AFP-COC, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City with DILG Officer-in-Charge Undersecretary Eduardo M. Ano as the Guest of Honor and Speaker, represented by Undersecretary for Public Safety Nestor F Quinsay Jr.
"We are celebrating nearly three decades of relentless pursuit for betterment - not only of the organization, but also, of the services the BJMP provides," Jail Chief Superintendent Allan S. Iral, Deputy Chief for Administration of the Jail Bureau mentioned.
BJMP underscores its 27th year in not only in terms manpower growth, logistical capability upgrades and massive infrastructure projects, but also through the promising welfare and development systems effecting positive change in the lives of persons deprived of liberty.
"The public will continuously see the fruits of jail officers' passion for service in the growing number of lives changed because of our improved facility and therapeutic programs for our PDL," Chief, BJMP Jail Director Deogracias C Tapayan said.
BJMP Chief Tapayan also mentioned that the years of partnership and collaboration with the community, local government units, other government agencies, and NGOs made public safety a shared responsibility.
The anniversary celebration also recognized the significant participation of BJMP personnel and the community in every life changed behind bars.
In his speech delivered by Usec Quinsay, OIC Ano commended the awardees and praised the BJMP corps for its culture of excellence.
Among the awardees are; BJMPRO-1 as the Regional Office of the year; La Union Provincial Office as the Best Provincial Jail Administrative Office; Zamboanga City Jail as the Best City Jail while Iriga City District Jail was hailed as Best District Jail followed by San Mateo Municipal Jail as the Best Municipal Jail for 2018.
JCSUPT EFREN NEMEnO of BJMPRO-IVA as Best Regional Director; J/CINSP NARCISA R. RAMIREZ, Best Provincial Jail Administrator; the Best District Jail Warden was conferred to J/SUPT ANDREW TAULI; Best City Jail Warden is J/SUPT KENNETH A BID-ING and JSINSP RICHARD P LAURE as Best Municipal Jail Warden.
Best Senior Jail Officer Rank was awarded to J/SSUPT CLEMENT W LABOY; Best Junior Jail Officer Rank was given to JINSP MARC FRANCIS T BAUYA; and JCINSP JACK LORD B CARInO as the Best Staff Jail Officer Rank of the year.
J01 Shernie Pasagui and J01 Kalayaan Dungog were hailed as Best Male and Female Jail Non-Officer Rank respectively, while Ms. Leilani M. Banotan was the Non-Uniformed Personnel of 2018.
As the BJMP recognizes the importance and support of the National and Local Government Units to the lives of PDL, the Jail Bureau also extended recognition to Senator Francis Joseph G. Escudero, Congressman Karlo Alexei Nograles, Governor Albert S. Garcia, Mayor Guia G. Gomez, Mayor Amadeo Gregorio S. Perez IV, Mayor Sally A. Lee, Mayor Mary Jean D. Feliciano, Mayor Romulo M. Festin, and the LGUs of Quezon City, Davao City and Tagum City.
As manifested by the number of public servant and LGU awardees, BJMP has truly been a catalyst of the whole-of-nation approach in solving the different ills of society
Changing Lives, Building a Safer Nation
In his speech, OIC Ano lauded the efforts of the BJMP in continuously providing humane and reformative treatment of PDL and its staunch desire to establish a more professionalized bureau.
He also praised the BJMP on its personnel morale and welfare initiatives through the implementation of Anti-corruption and Anti-Scalawag Programs such as random drug testing of personnel and the "E-tap mo si Sir Taps", a feedback mechanism by the public against irregularities among personnel and facilities.
"Napakahalaga po ng inyong papel sa pagpapanatili ng kaligtasan ng publiko through your supervision and control of all our 482 district, city and municipal jails nationwide," Ano added.
During the presentation of accomplishment, Chief Tapayan highlighted the construction of 107 new and sustainable facilities, procurement of 320 prisoners van and recruitment of 1,000 new jail officers for 2018.
Tapayan also acclaimed the substantial decrease of the national congestion rate of more than 30 percent due to the implementation of intensified paralegal efforts that led to the released of more than 60,000 PDL.
In closing, BJMP Chief Tapayan cited that "the 27th year is not a conclusion but a transition onto better things we have done much but more could be accomplished through our mantra Changing Lives, Building a Safer Nation." (BJMP)