Ruel Rivera

BJMP names Zamboanga City Jail most outstanding facility for peace-building, innovations

September 22, 2023 Joel dela Torre 286 views

THE Zamboanga City Jail – Male Dormitory (ZCJMD) was named Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP)’s most outstanding jail facility and first-ever Gray Dove awardee for its programs on peace-building and innovations.

Gray Dove is an annual search conferred every 21st of September in harmony with the International Day of Peace or “Peace Day.”

In bagging the prestigious award, ZCJMD bested 478 other district, city and municipal jails across the country.

According to BJMP chief Director Ruel Rivera, the annual search aims to identify outstanding accomplishments in preventing and countering violent extremism and the implementation of peace-building efforts.

It also encourages creativity, innovativeness, efficiency, integrity and productivity by recognizing and rewarding the superior accomplishment of jail units and to further promote culture of peace in the organization.

ZCJMD warden Supt. Xavier Solda received the award during a simple awarding ceremony at the culmination of the National Peace Month commemoration held at the national headquarters in Mindanao Avenue, Quezon City yesterday.

Solda said that no matter how difficult the job is, they are always ready to listen and more than willing to extend hand to help each of the persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) in their reformation process.

“It’s not ordinary to engage PDL with terrorism-related cases including those who are living with the trauma of their difficult past,” he stressed.

The former BJMP spokesperson also noted the huge impact of the reform agenda of the unit to PDL, particularly on training and education, provision of livelihood opportunities, health service delivery as well as on facility developments and decongestion initiatives.

Jail Director Rivera has always emphasized the value of peace-building efforts that each of the jail units has made in addressing various issues among PDL with terrorism-related cases.

“Our job becomes more serious because of the violent extremist offenders being placed under our care but we will continue to move forward with our welfare and development efforts,” the BJMP chief said.

Placing second to ZCJMD was the Parang District Jail and Olongapo City District Jail in third.

“The jail bureau will continue to align ourselves and our peace efforts with our partners in the peace and security sector toward a just and lasting peace for our country,” Rivera said