BALANGA, Bataan-The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) ng Bataan has approved unanimously an ordinance authorizing Governor Albert Raymond S. Garcia to negotiate with a government banking institution to finance the construction of P500 million provincial jail which is pondered as a momentous stride for the setting-up of a world-class detention facility.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) allows the Governor to enter into loan agreement with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) to bankroll the design and construction of the new provincial jail in the upland village of Dona,Orani town, this province.
In his letter to the provincial legislative body, Governor Garcia sought for an urgent endorsement for the creation of a modern edifice inside the 15-hectare 1Bataan Command Center complex with the expected completion of the Bunker, the Bataan government center.
The Governor reiterates the completion of the new provincial capitol definitely follows the building of the commercial, business process outsourcing areas and hotel which will start in accordance with the capitol compound development plan as provided for under the Public-Private Partnership agreement with the Malaysian firm MTD Alloy.
The removal of existing outmoded structures within the capitol compound including the Bataan provincial jail is an essential component of the capitol development blueprint.
The erection of a highly sophisticated and modern penitentiary complex is one of the greatest measures of pursuing the best rehabilitation concept to former detainees when they return to mainstream of society .
Superintendent Andrew W. Tauli, Bataan provincial district jail warden, has expressed his wholehearted admiration to Governor Garcia and the Sangguniang Panlalwigan members for initiating the construction of the provincial jail with facilities for livelihood and technical skills for productive handicraft-making and other income-generating services.
The proposed three-hectare new jail complex would house 2,000 inmates compared to the present capacity status of 1,685 inmates including 200 female with the estimated 6,812 square meter compound beside the capitol building.
Superintendent Tauli, a proactive provincial warden, who received a plaque of appreciation for the best jail warden for the year 2018 last week, has exalted the utmost dedication of Governor Garcia and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in providing the best facility for the local inmates which is truly worthy of emulation for other provincial district jails in the country,
The proposed new provincial jail will consist of two (2) four-storey buildings with a total floor area of 37,900 square meters; administration building,reception and diagnostic facility; covered court for sports activities, barracks for jail officers; infirmary; kitchen and other spaces for the convenience of the detainees.