January 29, 2023

Just like their counterparts in the Baguio City Jail-Male Dorm (BCJ-MD), majority of the persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) committed in the BCJ-Female Dorm are for various drug offenses.
This was revealed by Jail Insp. Dalver Pulupul during the 4th Quarter City Anti-Drug Abuse Committee (Cadac) meeting led by Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Cadac chair, and councilor Jose Molintas who heads the city council’s public safety, peace, and order committee.
She said of the total female dorm population of 72 PDLs, 43 or 59.72 percent were incarcerated due to violations of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002; 12 or 16.66 percent for estafa; while eight or 11.11 percent of the PDLs were committed for illegal recruitment.
The rest were arrested for the following: Four or 5.55 percent for qualified trafficking in persons; and one each or 1.38 percent for qualified theft, forgery, carnapping, kidnapping and serious physical injuries, Pulupul added.
As to the age profile of the 43 drug offenders, she said belong to the 18 to 24 age bracket; nine, 25 to 30; eight, 31 to 35; five, 36 to 40; seven, 41 to 45; one, 51 to 55; three, 56 to 59; and one in the 60 and above age bracket.
Pulupul said eight are undergoing outpatient drug treatment and rehabilitation at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center and two have undergone drug dependency examination at the same hospital.
Jail-based programs for drug offenders, she said, include the Katatagan, Kalusugan at Damayan ng Komunidad, Therapeutic Community Modality Program, Alternative Education System, regular interfaith sessions, and livelihood programs.
The BCJ-Female Dorm continues to coordinate with the Philippine National Police-Drug Enforcement Group and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Cordillera in conducting joint activities in the implementation of a drug-free workplace, Pulupul said. – Gaby B. Keith