The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Western Visayas needs at least 2,000 new jail officers to address the lack of personnel, Jail Insp. Jimmy Britanico, chief of the RBJMP Human Resource Department, said yesterday.
Britanico, who met with the jail wardens of Region 6 at the Bacolod Pavillon Hotel, said that there are now only 635 jail officers who attend to 3,000 inmates in all District jails in western Visayas, which is not sufficient.
The official website of the National BJMP show that those who want to become jail officers should pass the nuero-psychiatric evaluation, medical examination and drug test for the, purpose of determining his or her physical and mental health and must possess a baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution of learning.
He or she should also possess the appropriate civil service eligibility, must not have been dishonorably disharged or dismissed for cause from previous employment or convicted with final judgement for an offense or crime involving moral turpitude, and must be between 21 to 30 years-old.
Male applicants should be five feet and 4 inches in height, while female applicants should be five feet and two inches tall.
Qualified applicants should get a personal data sheet from the nearest BJMP office, submit it duly accomplished together with two 2x2 pictures, school records, birth certificate and clearances.
Meanwhile, Britanico reminded the jail wardens yesterday to be always present even during holidays and meet their personnel regularly to remind them of their obligations.
He also urged the jail wardens to regularly conduct inspection of the detention cells to ensure that no contrabands enter their district jails.
Britanico added that District jails should install closed circuit television cameras and not be lax in security.*APN