Hardcore to Munti; jail visitations cut; no more lights off

CITY TACKLES CRIME IN DUMAGUETE—Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo discusses the new thrust of the Philippine National Police to decrease the demand of illegal drugs as a means to inflict damage to the industry during a meeting with the City Peace and Order Council, Tuesday.

The  Bureau of Dumaguete city Jail Management and Penology has imposed tougher rules within the facility, despite the increasing number of  incarcerations, because many inmates of the City Jail were still found in possession of large volume of illegal drugs,


It was also suggested that huge lights will be turned on in all detention cells during the night to discourage or apprehend any detainee who will use darkness as a cover to pack or distribute the illegal drugs.


After the latest surprise inspection of the jail that yielded 115 grams of shabu, the higher authorities of BJMP purged the local jail management by relieving some of the jail guards including the warden.

The policy of two-year tour of duty will have exceptions  considering that jail guards and wardens may become lax or worse, become a party to the illegal drugs activities due to their familiarity or friendship with the inmate.



The new warden also made it a point to ship many convicted criminals to the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa as the authorities that no longer have qualms in getting into further trouble if found to have been selling or possession of illegal drugs since they have already received long jail sentences.

However, Councilor Alan Gel Cordova wanted the City BJMP to make a formal and written report of the success or failure of the new policies in curbing illegal drugs activities inside the jail facility.

Weekly drugs tests are also conducted to both inmates and jail guards while visits are already severely monitored and limited. Under the new management only parents, spouses and children will be allowed to visit the inmates while girlfriends, boyfriends, neighbors and acquaintances are banned.

In coordination with the PDEA and PNP, surprise inspections are also done more frequently with the use of K9 dogs.

The city jail management is optimistic that with the new policies in place, drugs inside the facility has been reduced or eradicated including the practice of tossing the contraband over the jail fence.