Most Female PDL’s committed due to drug offenses, Estafa

Just like their counterparts in the Baguio City Jail-Male Dorm (BCJ-MD), majority of the persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) committed in the BCJ-Female Dorm are for various drug offenses.
This was revealed by Jail Insp. Dalver Pulupul during the 4th Quarter City Anti-Drug Abuse Committee (CADAC) meeting, Dec. 14, at City Hall led by Mayor Benjamin Magalong, CADAC chair, and councilor Jose Molintas who heads the local legislature’s public safety, peace and order committee.

She said of the total female dorm population of 72 PDLs, 43 or 59.72 percent were incarcerated due to violations of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002; 12 or 16.66% for estafa; while eight or 11.11% of the PDLs were committed for illegal recruitment. The rest were arrested for the following: Four or 5.55% for qualified trafficking in persons; and one each or 1.38% for qualified theft, forgery, carnapping, kidnapping and serious physical injuries, Pulupul added.

As to the age profile of the 43 drug offenders, she disclosed that nine belong to the 18-24 age bracket; nine, 25-30; eight, 31- 35; five, 36-40; seven, 41-45; one, 51-55; three, 56-59; and one in the 60 and above age bracket. Pulupul said eight are undergoing outpatient drug treatment and rehabilitation (ODTR) at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center and two have undergone drug dependency examination (DDE) at the same hospital.

Jail-based programs for drug offenders, she said, include the Katatagan, Kalusugan at Damayan ng Komunidad, Therapeutic Community Modality Program, Alternative Education System, regular
interfaith sessions, and livelihood programs. The BCJ-Female Dorm continues to coordinate with
the Philippine National Police- Drug Enforcement Group (PNPDEG) and the Philippine Drug
Enforcement Agency-Cordillera (PDEA-CAR) in conducting joint activities in the implementation of a drug-free workplace, Pulupul said.

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