The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) announced on Saturday, Jan. 1, that there were no untoward incidents and zero COVID-19 cases in its jail facilities as the agency welcomes the New Year.

“We do not have any untoward incident in any of our district, city and municipal jails across the country,” said BJMP chief Jail Director Allan Iral as he cited the bureau’s efforts to ensure the orderly and peaceful maintenance of the bureau’s jail facilities.

On Dec. 31, Iral visited several BJMP-run jails in the National Capital Region (NCR).

During the jail inspection, Iral ordered the strict implementation of health and security protocols to ensure the safety and protection of the persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) and duty personnel from any potential health hazards in the jails.

He also emphasized the need to be more “cautious’’ in strictly monitoring the PDLs who are vulnerable to any illness.

“We ended the year with zero COVID-19 cases in both personnel and PDLs under our care in all facilities across the country so let’s work hard to maintain that record”, Iral maintained.

Despite the zero untoward incidents in its jail facilities, iral stressed that the BJMP will remain under the red alert status to maintain the high quality of its service and ensure the operational readiness of its units.

The BJMP exercises supervision and management of the district, city and municipal jails across the country. (Chito A. Chavez)

Source: Manila Bulletin (