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QCJMD inmates transferred to bigger facility in Payatas

April 25, 2024 Joel dela Torre 66 views

THE Quezon City Jail Male Dormitory (QCJMD) of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) is almost done in transferring all the persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) to the much bigger facility in Barangay Payatas, just in time that the heat index is largely felt in Metro Manila.

According to BJMP-National Capital Region director Chief Supt. Clint Russel Tangeres, following a talk with QC mayor Joy Belmonte, he immediately ordered QCJMD warden Supt. Warren Geronimo to prioritize the transfer of around 4,000 inmates to their “new home.”

At the start of the hot months, Belmonte had already expressed concerns over the situation of the PDLs, especially the elders at the old facility in Bgy. Kamuning had been sharing in a congested space at a congestion rate of more than 1,200 percent.

In an interview, Tangeres said that the QCJMD leadership recently transfered 2,335 PDLs to Payatas, with the remaining 1,663 inmates to be transferred soon to Payatas.

In a separate telephone interview, Geronimo said dnother batch will be shipped to the Payatas jail on Saturday and the remaining PDLs will follow soon.

Tangeres said that by next month, all inmates at the old Kamuning jail will be at their new QCJMD “home” in Payatas.

The P1.39 billion Payatas jail facility which can accommodate at least 4,400 PDLs, was turned over by the Belmonte administration about two years ago.

It is situated on a 2.4 hectare lot donated by the city government which contributed P39 million for the first phase of the perimeter fence.

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