ALABEL, Sarangani (December 11, 2018) – The Sarangani Provincial Jail has received two awards from The Provincial Jail Employees Association of the Philippines (PJEAP).
One was being on the Top 10 Most Outstanding Provincial Jails of the Philippines, and the other was for OIC Provincial Warden Manuel Sales Jr. as one of the Top 10 Most Outstanding Provincial Jail Employees of the Philippines, during awarding rites on December 3 at Muntinlupa City.
During the flag ceremony on December 10 at the Provincial Capitol, Sarangani Provincial Jail personnel were lauded by Executive Assistant to the Governor Cesario Cagas, Assistant Department Head Sittiehawa Marohomsalic, and Capitol employees.
Inherent structure of the jail and the management played a big role on having the award especially the full support of Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon which the evaluators had noted.
Evaluators were composed of the PJEAP and in coordination with the Bureau of Corrections in Manila. They were the ones who granted the award.
According to Sales, “tayo lang ang jail na may penal farm for additional support sa mga preso, and also the record speaks,” explaining their edge from other jails.
“Nakikita na tayo ang may record na zero drugs ang ating provincial jail at zero din ang eskapo compared doon sa other jails. Also, yung humane na condition ng mga preso, hindi naman sila pinapabayaan. In terms na may sakit, sinusuportahan naman tayo ng Provincial Health Office,” Sales pointed out.
The Provincial Health Office has been holding regular checkup for inmates resulting to less cases of illness.
Sales has been running the Sarangani Provincial Jail for four years and he observed the improvements. The perimeter fence was added with a secondary fence.
With the help of Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, some inmates had availed of training and literacy programs of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
Inmates also do not have to worry about their families because there are programs that would help in supporting them. “Yung mga bilanggo pa ang nagpapadala ng pera doon sa mga mahal nila sa buhay, at iyan ay in-evaluate lahat ng ating mga evaluators. So ayun ang mga naging basis nila,” Sales said.
Sales thanked Governor Solon, because “kung hindi dahil sa kanya ay hindi din naman natin makukuha ang award na ito. Despite sa kanyang leadership, palagi naman niya tayong pinagsasabihan sa mga kamalian natin at ang mga advice niya, ginagawa naman natin kung ano iyong dapat baguhin,” and that improved the jail’s system. (Donna Mahusay/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)