NAVOTAS CITY – The Navotas City government recently inaugurated the two-storey Navotas City Jail Extension to reduce congestion and improve the living condition of inmates in the facility, a report by Manila Bulletin said.
The 360-square-meter city jail annex features 10 additional dormitories which lowered the congestion rate to 737.8 percent.
The city government spent about P6 million to renovate the facility, which is located just beside the city hall.
“Although we have decreased the congestion in our city jail, we will continue to strive to give our inmates enough space so they can live with dignity,” Navotas City Mayor John Rey Tiangco said.
According to Navotas City Jail Warden Ricky Heart Pegalan, the city jail, considered the most congested jail facility in the country, housed 955 inmates in six dormitories, equivalent to 2,413.16 congestion rate.
There were only 200 inmates when Tiangco assumed the post in 2010. However, Pegalan said the city jail’s population swelled from just 579 inmates in 2015 to 955 inmates because of the increase in criminal cases and the intensified campaign against illegal drugs.
Tiangco and Pegalan described the living conditions in the present city jail as “depressing” and “deplorable.”
The overcrowdedness could also lead to security threats as well as health issues and violence among the inmates due to limited breathing space, Pegalan added.