PDLs to experience true meaning of Independence Day

June 11, 2024 People's Tonight 99 views

AT least 126 persons deprived of liberty will experience the true meaning of Independence Day as the Bureau of Corrections scheduled their culminating activity as part of the bureau’s celebration of the Philippines 126th Independence Day tomorrow.

Bureau of Corrections Director General Gregorio Pio P. Catapang Jr. disclosed the Bucor has been part of Philippine history as our San Ramon Prison in Zamboanga was established in Aug 21, 1870 by a Royal Decree promulgated in 1869 to incarcerate Muslim rebels and recalcitrant political prisoners opposed to Spanish rule while the Iwahig Penal Colony formerly Luhit Penal settlement was established in Nov. 16, 1904 to incarcerate Filipinos who were fighting against American Colonialism while the New Bilibid Prison was created in 1935 to accommodate the increasing number of committals to the old prison in Manila.

The PDLs to be released brings to 14,324 the number of PDL released during the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. including the 592 PDL released last month.

Catapang said that aside from culminating activity, 95 personnel will be promoted as part of their effort to reward personnel who have been good at doing their job and continue to be an asset for the agency.

Those who will promoted include a Correction Chief Superintendent, four Corrections Superintendent, three Corrections Technical Chief Inspectors, five Corrections Chief Inspectors, a Corrections Senior Inspector, 10 Corrections Senior Officer IV, 27 Corrections Officers II, and four Non- Uniformed Personnel while 13 new Non-Uniformed Personnel will take their oath of office.

“For BuCor personnel who are doing well, keep up the good work. We thank you for restoring the good image of our institution. Rest assured that if you keep on the right track, we will not hesitate to promote you to the next higher rank. Do your job well, do it right and you will be rewarded with promotion,” Catapang said.

However, he warned those who are stubborn and continue to be a liability to the agency, much so a disgrace to the institution, to “mend your ways and be true to your oath of office, for there is always a day of reckoning for you.”

For PDLs, Catapang wants them to continue with their reformation, to be better, so when it’s time for their release from incarceration, they are ready to become useful members of society.

“Not everybody was given a second chance, so kapag binigay ang chance na ganito sa iyo make sure na worth it ka at huwag mo sayangin, “ Catapang added.

Meanwhile, the 126 PDLs were from Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City – 11 , CIW in Mindanao – 5, Davao Prison and Penal Farm- 22, Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm -1, Leyte Regional Prison – 8, New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Maximum Security Camp – 34, NBP Medium Ssecurity Camp – 18 , NBP Minimum Security Camp – 6, NBP Reception and Diagnostic Center – 3 , Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm – 8 and San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm – 10.

Of the said number, 31 were released due to acquittal, one for conditional pardon, 72 for expiration of maximum sentence, 6 were granted probation, and 16 were given parole.