“Malaki ang ipinagbagong Quezon Provincial Jail (QPJ) sa nakalipas na pitong buwan” said Superintendent Annie Espinosa, Quezon Provincial Jail Warden, during the Provincial Government’s flag raising ceremony last October 15 held in front of the Capitol Building, Lucena City.
In unity with the celebration of the National Children’s Month ang National Correctional Consciousness Week, QPJ prepared activities for the children of the detainees. A children’s party, feeding program, and storytelling will be held at participating day care centers. A seminar will also be arranged to educate married couples with partners held at QPJ regarding responsible parenthood and Republic Act 7610 – also known as the "Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act."
Acoording to Supt. Espinosa, coinciding with the observance of the National Correctional Consciousness Week, QPJ pushes forth the campaign to inform inmatesabout their rights and what they have to do in order to gain back their freedom. Supt. Espinosa also encouraged all sectors that make up the community to become more welcoming and less judgemental of detainees that have been given parole.
There will also be a medical and dental mission for the inmates through the efforts of Patrol 177, as well as other activities for the entertainment of the residents at QPJ.
In the message of Provincial Administrator Rommel Edaño, those held at QPJ awaiting their sentences should be given priority. Currently, there are 976 inmates at the said jail, a considerably smaller number from the 1,200 before.
The Provincial Government does what it can to better support the need for food, clean quarters, and orderly day-to-day conditions in the provincial prison. PA Edaño also added that in the Solid Waste Segregation program of Quezon Governor David “Jayjay” C. Suarez andthe Provincial Government of Environment and Natural Resources Office, some inmates have shared their knowledge and expertise in order to better implement the said endeavour inside QPJ.
PA Edaño also announced the plan to move the Provincial Jail. He expressed his wish for the Department of Interior and Local Government to be able to allocate funds that will make the proposal to come true. He also proudly stated that there are three employees coming from the Provincial Government that undergoing training and are on their way to be absorbed by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. The position that will be given to them would be equivalent to that of a Police Officer 1 in Philippine National Police once they receive the title of BJMP Provincial Guard 1.(QUEZON PIO)