BJMP receives P10-M worth of tablets, PPEs from EU

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  • EU has allocated P10-M to support justice sector in PH during the pandemic
  • The donation include P3-M worth of tablets and PPEs
  • The gadgets and equipment will be distributed to detention centers across the country

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology has received P10-M worth of donations from the European Union including the 120 multi-media tablets and different personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies worth P3-M.

The gadgets and equipment were handed over to BJMP on Tuesday, June 09, by Mr. Thomas Wiersing, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the European Union Delegation to the Philippines.

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The P10-M was allocated by EU through its Governance in Justice Programme “to support justice sector agencies in their response to COVID19.”

Mr. Wiersing said during the turnover ceremony that “the provision of tablets and personal protective equipment reaffirms the European Union’s commitment to enable the justice sector to address the needs of the court and penitentiary systems during this pandemic”.

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The donation also include disinfectant, which along with the PPEs, will be distributed to persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) and jail personnel in various detention centers across the country considered as having a high population and congestion rate.

These include detention centers in Quezon City, Davao City, Cebu City, Angeles City, Bacolod City and Naga City, among others.

The recent allocation complements earlier assistance provided by the EU including the P50-M in relief distribution to vulnerable communities, the P17-M Enhanced Biosecurity in South East Asia in order to better address pandemics, as well as the P1.1-B allocated for the strengthening of WHO’s COVID-19 response in 8 ASEAN countries.

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BJMP Chief Jail Director Allan S. Iral thanked the EU and said jail personnel will continue working to ensure that health protocols and guidelines are strictly implemented to make sure that PDLs remain protected and safe from COVID-19.

“The success of our efforts to contain and eradicate COVID-19 in compromised facilities and to prevent it from getting into other jail units depend on the support of partners like the European Union,” Iral added.