Two hundred persons deprived of liberty (PDL) and facing drugs charges, including high-profile ones, dorm representatives,and civilian mediation personnel, tested negativeafter random drug testing at the Metro Bacolod District Jail-Male Dorm Annex in Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City, yesterday.
Jail Senior Insp. Norberto Miciano Jr., MBDJ-MDA said yesterday that those who were tested consisted of 150 randomly selected PDLs charged for violations of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, 25 high-profile and high-value PDLs facing drug charges, and 25 representatives of dorms and mediation personnel.
Jail nurses administered the drug testing, Miciano said.
All those who tested yielded negative results for drug use, he said.
Miciano called it a welcome development .
“It showed that the security measures are being implemented at MBDJ-MDA, such as the intensified strip searching of visitors and their belongings, are effective,” Miciano added.
He said the PDLs in the facility cannot procure illegal drugs by themselves. It is usually through the access of visitors or some personnel, he added.
PDLs who are charged for the use of drugs havealso expressed willingness to submit themselves to rehabilitation, Miciano said.
Last year, there were reports of drugs transactions at the MBDJ-MDA done by tossing the sachets of suspected shabu into the jail facility.
To address the problem, Miciano said they installed two tower guard posts at the main building so they can see people outside the facility, elevated the fenceand added an additional 6-foot mesh.
Based on the observation and drug testing results of the PDLs and the jail personnel, Miciano said the drug problem in the facility last year does not exist anymore, as they have applied mechanisms to address it properly.
MBDJ-MDA currently has 762 PDLs.*SGG
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