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Budget augmentation for
inmates requested

BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Provincial jail warden Nick Noble yesterday said he hopes Gov. Roel Degamo will approve his request for additional funding to increase the budget for meals of inmates at the Negros Oriental Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Dumaguete City.

Noble, a retired police colonel, said on Thursday that inmates are striving to survive with their daily allocation of P43 per person to cover breakfast, lunch and dinner.

If approved, the additional fund will provide an inmate a P57 daily allocation, Noble added.

Most inmates can not get a decent meal with the present budget and only those from better-off families can enjoy better food brought by relatives and friends who visit them, he said.

Noble also said he has asked his staff to include eggs at least twice a week for breakfast for the inmates, who cook their own meals by groups.

They get free firewood and some even produce charcoal for their cooking needs.

Meanwhile there are plans to procure triple-deck bunk beds for the inmates at the provincial jail, Noble said.

A request for P200,000 has already been submitted to the Office of the Governor, during the administration of the late Gov. Agustin Perdices, for funding, while a Filipino-Chinese businessman, Roy Cang, has also donated three triple-deck beds, Noble said.

The provincial jail is not congested now as it had been in previous years and jail authorities have come up with a scheme to allow some liberty for the inmates, he added.

At 8 a.m. they are let out of their detention cells and can freely roam inside the jail compound, but by 5 p.m., they must to return to their detention cells where they are locked up for the night, Noble said.*JFP

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