MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) is hopeful it can help solve the problems in the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).
Justice Undersecretary Deo Marco, who is in charge of the committee tasked to keep a close watch of the bureau, said he hopes the creation of the committee will hopefully address BuCor's perennial woes.
“We will just stick with the rules in terms of what we can do, as far as DOJ is concerned. Lahat ng puwede namin magawa, gagawin namin as much as we can, but right now, ang initial concern namin is to be more involved," Marco told ABS-CBN News in an ambush interview.
Among the solutions recommended by the committee is to set up a signal-jammer system with a broader coverage, complete with a closed-circuit television (CCTV) system.
This is a P300 million project that has the capacity to jam the signal not only in Building 14 in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), where the high-profile inmates are kept, but the entire maximum security compound as well.
The system includes a CCTV network that will take the place of the current one. The project also includes a generator system, so that even when there is no power from the main source, the jammer and CCTV system will continue to operate.
This system, which will have its own operations center, will be completely installed in two to three months.
The DOJ is also finalizing the revisions for the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10592, the law which expanded the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) coverage, which will require DOJ approval of the release of inmates on the basis of GCTA. The current system requires only the approval of the BuCor for NBP and penal colonies.
According to Marco, the revised IRR will disqualify convicted criminals serving time for heinous-crime cases, recidivists, habitual delinquents, and escapees.