BJMP receives 250 new BJMP transport vehicles from Duterte

BJMP receives 250 new BJMP transport vehicles from Duterte

Remember the Mahindra vehicle purchases of the Philippine National Police (PNP) that was done during the Aquino administration?

The Commission on Audit chided the PNP that the said vehicles were of “unsound changes in the minimum standard specifications and in effect, resulted in the purchase of vehicles that have been bothered with “frequent breakdowns, poor after sales services, and limited availability of spare parts.” Another one of those anomalous transactions that will be forever be attached to the legacy of former President Benigno Aquino III.

BJMP Chief Jail Director Deogracias C. Tapayan receives 250 transport vehicles from President Rodrigo Duterte (photo credit to PTV)
Comes now, the era of the Duterte administration.

Recently President Rodrigo Roa Duterte led the ceremony in Camp General Vicente Lim in Calamba City wherein he sent off 250 brand new transport vehicles of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to the country’s various district, city and town jails.

The 250 BJMP transport vehicles were considered the biggest acquisition in the bureau’s history following the trust of the President to procure them when he allotted some PHP299 million for the total 322 vehicles in December of 2017.

BJMP Chief Jail Director Deogracias C. Tapayan in his speech said that President Duterte’s budgetary allocation enabled the bureau to acquire in just one procurement, more than the total number of vehicles purchased for the past two decades. 

“This is a testament of the President’s sincere desire to address the needs of the people in the most expeditious and efficient way possible,” Tapayan said, highlighting “the President (does) not just do the talk, but (does) walk the talk.” 

Tapayan also thanked the President for the approval of BJMP’s budget of PHP3.4 billion for the construction of 107 jail buildings in 17 regions nationwide to address the problem of jail overcrowding.

“Mr. President, as father of this Bureau, I stand before you - the father of this entire nation - to express our sincerest appreciation to all that you have done for the welfare of our people,” Tapayan said. 

Tapayan also made the assurance to the President that the potentials of the Bureau with the new developments taking place “change has come” with the arrivals of the vehicles.

“With your (the President’s) help, we can move people, more importantly transport development, we could change lives, we could build a safer nation,” he stressed. 

To mark the importance of the said vehicles, under the recent procurement, each jail is now assured of transport vehicle for court hearings.

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  1. Why can’t you open up opportunities for livelihood programs so that people will have something to get busy with, be productive, and most likely law abiding; then crime can be at least minimise thus reduced BJMP spending.