By: Leomel H. Pasquin
All jails are on red alert status following the instruction of Jail Chief Superintendent Arnel S. Gongona, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP)-6 director, during the Holy Week.
This is to ensure that security and control over jails in Western Visayas are ready for the influx of jail visitors.
“We want to maintain peace and order inside the jail as well as to prevent possible escape of inmates. We also want to prevent the entrance of contrabands,” Gongona said.
Meanwhile, all members of the Special Tactics and Response (STAR) Team and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Canine Unit were summoned to prepare for possible incidents that may break-out during the week.
Jail Superintendent Gilbert D Peremne, BJMP-6 Assistant Regional Director, briefed all jail managers on the possible scenarios that may arise during the holy week as well as the proper and immediate response they should execute to stop, mitigate and to remedy them.
“During the Holy Week, we will intensify our security measures to ensure that no untoward incidents will happen. We will be putting all jail units under Red Alert Status to maintain peace and order for our Christian brothers and sisters to practice their faith this Lenten Season,” Peremne said.
The jail bureau is expecting for thousands of visitors to flock inside the jails either to commemorate the Lenten Season with their loved ones or to witness some religious activities done inside the jail.
“In all instances, we are ready to assist them,” added Peremne.