CEBU CITY, Oct. 14 (PIA) -- Cebu City Justice Zone recently marked its first anniversary at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with an academe to facilitate a system of academic review of cases of persons deprived of liberty (PDL) at the jail's women's dorm in Brgy. Kalunasan, Cebu City.
The MOA between BJMP and USC was inked to help decongest the facility.
Some students from USC College of Law, who signed up to help the facility, will assist in reviewing the records of PDLs involved in poverty-related crimes.
There are currently nearly 7,000 male and female inmates staying at the detention facility, which is beyond its capacity.
The Justice Zone was established on Oct. 4, 2018 to increase the cooperation and collaboration of justice sectors in the city.
Justice Zone is a term referring to an area where the local justice sector agencies coordinate with each other to plot activities though agreed structure and two-way communication with Justice Sector Communicating Councils to facilitate processes, and hopefully speed up the delivery of justice.
Justice sector stakeholders involved are the law enforcement agencies represented by the police, prosecutors, judges, public attorneys, and detention facilities managers as they will identify the common challenges and how to address them.
The European Union, through the Governance in Justice (GOJUST) Program, facilitates the coordination for an increased synergy towards a long-term reform agenda.
Cebu City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Executive Judge Macaundas Hadjirasul, convenor of Cebu City Justice Zone, said through the zone they were able to foster friendship among their professions and understand each other's sides.
During the first year, Hadjirasul presented that Cebu City Justice Zone has facilitated the talks between BJMP and the Metropolitan Water District to come up with a delivery of 30,000 tons of water to address the facility's health and sanitation needs.
He added that a uniform court action on hospitalization and medical examination for PDLs was also established with the help of the Supreme Court of the Court Administrator.
Also, within the year, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in the City has turned over an upgraded interview area at the Male Dormitory of BJMP to provide a conducive working space for the lawyers, paralegals, probation offices, and judges. (fan/pia7)