TO decongest the existing dormitory for female detainees, the Quezon City government led by Mayor Herbert Bautista has announced the construction of a PhP58 million dormitory in Camp Karingal, the headquarters of the Quezon City Police District.
Quezon City Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) female dormitory warden J/Supt. Marie Rose Laguyo said the dormitory would ensure that the rights and welfare of Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL). She noted the current dormitory is designed for only 90 inmates but now holds 982 PDL.
She added that the new female facility in Camp Karingal could solve the problem of over-population in the women’s dormitory.
“Ang ideal capacity nito ay 90 lang. Ang ating congestion rate ay 1000 percent na. Malaking tulong talaga ‘yang building sa decongestion natin sa dormitory,” Laguyo said.
The new four-storey building is expected to accommodate 620 PDL once its construction is completed early next year. It will provide 15 more cells to the dormitory’s current three cells.
The new building will also house a multi-purpose hall, clinic, the administration office, and a separate facility for pregnant PDL.
“Kapag natapos ang ginagawang building, ang pansamantalang tirahan ng mga PDL natin ay magiging maluwag at komportable para sa kanila,” Laguyo said, stressing that the building will also help them in separating the PDL from the sickly and pregnant.
“Walang hanggang pasasalamat sa Quezon City Government, lalong-lalo na kay Mayor Herbert Bautista at Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, dahil kung wala po sila, maaaring hindi namin magawa ng maayos ang aming mandato bilang tagapangalaga sa mga kapatid naming nasa kulungan,” Laguyo added.
Aside from the building, the city government through the City Health Department provides health services to the PDL, while the Social Services Development Department offers livelihood skills training every quarter. The city government also recently provided a van for the BJMP Female dormitory’s use.