By Chito Chavez
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has declared that 20 jail facilities run by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) are drug-free.
BJMP-National Capital Region (NCR) Director Chief Supt. Ignacio Panti identified the said jails as the Malabon City Jail (both male and female dormitory), Manila City Jail (male and female dormitory), Manila City Jail Annex in Taguig, Manila District Jail Annex 1, Manila District Jail Annex 3, Metro Manila District Jail Annex 5, and Metro Manila District Jail Main.
Also included are Marikina City Jail (female dormitory), Muntinlupa City Jail (male and female dormitory), Pasig City Jail (male and female dormitory), Quezon City Jail (male and female dormitory), Taguig City Jail (male and female dormitory), and the Valenzuela City Jail (male and female dormitory).
In approving Resolution 12-001 Series of 2008, PDEA Regional Director Joel Plaza said that all 20 facilities were able to meet and achieve all the parameters set by the regional oversight committee tasked to deliberate and declare drug-cleared and drug-free facilities.
Aside from PDEA, the oversight committee is composed of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DoH), and the BJMP.
Panti said that they are intensifying their efforts to make the other 23 jails under his command achieve this mission in support of the massive anti-illegal drug drive of President Duterte.
For a facility to meet and achieve the parameters it should have complied with the absence of drug personalities from the drug watchlist and also the non-presence of drug users based on negative results of drug tests.
It should also achieve the absence of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, and other substance during a conduct of search and seizure operations for three consecutive months.
In August last year, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año cited the BJMP for making 307 jails drug-free in less than a year of intensified internal cleansing campaign.
“I commend BJMP for their admirable accomplishment. The proliferation of illegal drugs in hundreds of prisons in the country has been an endemic issue which entails a lot of work and political will and for BJMP to produce positive output in less than a year, in a matter of months, is truly worth praising,” Año said.