‘Oplan Baklas’ was implemented on Monday in Butuan City Jail Male Dormitory which gathers 1.5 tons of harmful contrabands, according to Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Caraga.
“Throughout the operation, this substantial amount of ‘nuisance contraband’ was confiscated, and this seizure significantly reduced overcrowding and mitigated fire and health risks within the facility,” said BJMP-Caraga Assistant Regional Director for Operations Jail Supt. Arvin T. Abastillas who supervised the implementation of Oplan: Baklas at the Butuan City Jail Male Dormitory under warden Jail Chief Insp. Diovin C. Auza.
BJMP-13 stated that the operation aims to remove unlawful constructions, items, and other prohibited materials sneaked and hidden inside the male dormitory by the inmates.
“Oplan Baklas was also done to eradicate other contraband inside the jail premises, including liquor, cigarettes, appliances, excessive money, and lewd pornographic materials,” the BJMP-13 said in a statement Tuesday, January 9.
The operation led to a substantial decrease in overcrowding within the male dormitory and addressed fire and health hazards by eliminating illegal constructions and items. This action improved the living conditions for inmates, ensuring a cleaner and safer environment within the facility away from hazardous and illegal materials.
BJMP also highlighted that seizing alcoholic beverages and cigarettes will enhance safety; it will contribute to a secure environment and diminish the risk of disturbances within the premises and inappropriate actions inside the dormitory.
Mayor Ronnie Vicente C. Lagnada here commended the BJMP-13 for conducting a clean-up in the facility. “After all, this is beneficial for everyone living in that facility,” Lagnada said.
As ‘Oplan Baklas’ was already implemented in some jails in the country, it is expected to be launched in jails nationwide to further prevent violence inside the jail and to protect the health of many inmates.
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