New Talisay City Jail warden aiming for drug-free facility

THE newly installed warden of Talisay City Jail is hoping to make the prison a "drug-free jail facility," which is located in Barangay Maghaway.

Jail Superintendent Richard Tolabing, who assumed his position this week, said he wanted to continue the reputation of Talisay City Jail, which has been granted an award by the Department of Health for being a tobacco-free environment.

Tolabing said they will also expedite the release of prisoners in accordance with the jail congestion program of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.

The Talisay City Jail has 1,300 men deprived of liberty, of whom 90 percent are drug offenders and 10 percent have different criminal cases.

Tolabing said among his plans as new jail warden is to request for an additional building to reduce overcrowding in prison, but he added that currently, the jail congestion is still tolerable.

The new jail warden also wanted to implement livelihood project for the inmates.

"Alang sa ilang livelihood program, mo-tap ta ana sa Tesda (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) kon unsa man ang ilang mahatag nga mga program sa atong mga PDLs (persons deprived of liberty) aron sa ilang paglaya, magamit gyud sila sa komunidad sama sa welding program, hilot program, driving programs," Tolabing said.

(For their livelihood program, let's ask Tesda what programs they can provide to our PDLs so that when they go out of prison, they can be of use in their community, such as the welding program, hilot program and driving program.)

Tolabing formally assumed office as Talisay City Jail warden this week.

On Tuesday, January 17, he paid a courtesy visit to the Talisay City Council headed by Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas. (BBT, TPT)