May 24, 2024

Violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 continues to be the top crime committed by persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) at the Baguio City Jail-Male Dorm (BCJ-MD) as of Sept. 23 this year.
Jail Supt. Mary Ann Ollaging-Tresmanio reported BCJ-MD currently has 435 PDLs and 275 of them are locked up for violating RA 9165; 49 for rape; 32 for murder; 12 for homicide; and 10 for acts of lasciviousness in relation to RA 7610 (Act providing for stronger deterrence and special protection against child abuse).
A total of 226 operations, where jail cells are checked for illegal drugs and other contraband, were conducted by operatives of the Philippine National Police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Tresmanio said the regular operations yielded no illegal drugs or any other contraband inside the BCJ-MD so far.
She said Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center staff conducted surprise drug testing on 73 of her office’s personnel and 84 PDLs for the third quarter of this year, results of which are not yet known.
From July to September this year, Tresmanio said 71 PDLs have been undergoing face-to-face outpatient drug treatment and rehabilitation (ODTR) and 50 face-to-face drug dependency examination at the BGHMC.
She said 15 PDLs are currently undergoing jail community service for seven months as part of their phase 2 of the ODTR after care program. – Gaby B. Keith