Gov’t eyes old prison records as ‘national treasure’ like Spoliarium

April 21, 2022 Hector Lawas 366 views

OLD prison records dating back from the American colonization are being considered for inclusion in the country’s national treasure trove, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on Thursday said.

This as formal talks are now underway between BuCor and the National Archives of the Philippines (NAP) to make these records included in the National Cultural Treasure.

If these records would be included, they will be equally treated just like the Rizal Monument, Spoliarium of Juan Luna, and more, the BuCor added.

The prison records being eyed for inclusion were those being kept at the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Palawan and San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm in Zamboanga City.

“…If the said records of the BuCor were carefully evaluated and will be included in the list of the National Cultural Treasure, it will have the equivalent treatment just like the Rizal Monument, Spoliarium of Juan Luna and more.”

“Hence, they are very optimistic and eager to pursue the project because it will be one of the biggest milestones of BuCor as they emphasized that it is a rare opportunity for an agency to have the chance to have its records considered as National Treasure,” BuCor said in a statement.

For its part, NAP assured BuCor that it will support the program with all of its available resources, as well as the future collaboration between these two agencies.

In their last meeting, NAP was represented by Executive Director Victorino Mapa Manalo, while the BuCor contingent was represented by Engr. Carmela C. Paran, Chief, Records Section National Headquarters; C/Supt. Joel Calvelo, Superintendent of Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (IPPF); C/Supt. Jhaeron Lacaben, Superintendent of San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm (SRPPF); and CO1 Jose Mari Milaran, Records Section National Headquarters.

Aside from Iwahig and San Ramon, the other prison facilities under BuCor are Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm in Oriental Mindoro, New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City, The Davao Prison and Penal Farm in Davao del Norte, and the Leyte Regional Prison in Southern Leyte.

BuCor is an attached agency of the Department of Justice (DOJ). Under the law, the DOJ has administrative supervision over BuCor.