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BJMP suspends Zambo City jail construction

November 22, 2019 - Friday 6:11 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image HALTED. A personnel of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) stands guard outside the entrance of the Zamboanga City Jail compound. The construction of a new detention facility has temporarily been stopped following reports of alleged anomaly. Photo grabbed from Zamboanga City Jail Facebook Page

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) has temporarily suspended the construction of the new detention facility following reports of alleged anomaly.
Chief Inspector Nathaniel Aljas, Zamboanga City jail warden, said Thursday the decision was reached after receiving reports the materials used by the contractor are substandard and not in accordance with the specifications and designs of the project.
The construction of the new detention facility, worth P194 million, is ongoing on a six-hectare lot in Barangay Talisayan donated by the city government to the BJMP.
Aljas said personnel of the BJMP’s engineering unit are evaluating and assessing the structure’s integrity.
He clarified the construction will continue since the contract has not been rescinded although its completion will be delayed as remedial measures will be implemented once the structure’s foundation is not within the specified design.
The new facility can accommodate 5,000 inmates compared to the old one, which has only a capacity of 2,000 detainees.
The city government has also allocated P10 million for site development and perimeter fencing of the new detention facility aside from donating the six-hectare lot to the BJMP.
Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar earlier announced that the city government is planning to convert the old city jail for other purposes once the construction of the new one is completed. PNA