July 16, 2024

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology-Mountain Province District Jail (BJMP-MPDJ) has secured a grant from the Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera that paved the way for a sustainable and cost-effective use of solar energy.

The provision of on Hybrid Solar Power System to BJMP-MPDJ amounting to P490,249, approved under the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) Program of the DOST, signifies a significant leap forward not only for the bureau but also  to persons deprived of liberty (PDLs).

For the realization of the project, the DOST-Cordillera, represented by Director Nancy Bantog signed a memorandum of agreement with the BJMP-Cordillera through Jail S/Supt. Kenneth Bid-ing represented by Asst. Regional Director for Operations J/Supt. Mary Ann Ollaging-Tresmanio, and the local government unit represented by Mayor Jerome Tudlong, Jr., on June 24.

The MOA signing was witnessed by DOST Asst. Regional Director Alicia Balacua, Provincial Science and Technology Director Angel Maguen, and Acting Warden of the BJMP- Mountain Province, Jail S/Insp. Bartolome Tresmanio.

Tresmanio extended the bureau’s gratitude to the DOST for providing the hybrid solar power system, saying the shift from conventional electricity to renewable energy is expected to generate a monthly savings on electricity bills.

A decrease of 38.59 percent from P20,233.61 to P12,425.46 on the monthly electric consumption of the BJMP-Mountain Province is expected.

Tresmanio added it is also beneficial to the PDLs as their livelihood production wil not be hampered when there is a power interruption.

He thanked the LGU through Tudlong for accommodating the request that the fund be downloaded to the LGU for the acquisition /procurement of the hybrid solar power system for the BJMP-Mountain Province.

Tudlong extended gratitude to the DOST for the project, saying the installation of a hybrid solar power system ensures safety and security to the personnel of the bureau and the PDLs, especially if there are power interruptions.

“This initiative exemplifies the transformative power of science and technology in addressing the needs of the bureau and the PDLs. By harnessing the potential of renewable energy, we are also promoting environmental sustainability and economic resilience,” Tudlong said. – Alpine L. Killa-Malwagay