THE Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the local government of Marikina City conducted a surprise drug test on Saturday at the Marikina City Jail as part of government efforts to stops the use of illegal drugs inside jail facilities.
Otherwise known as “Oplan Rody,” the surprise drug test started at 9 a.m. Present during the activity were BJMP Regional Director Supt Romeo Elisan, Marikina Jail Warden Inspector Jonathan Pangan and Marikina City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro.
At least 100 inmates and 75 jail personnel were tested. The Marikina City Jail has 1,000 inmates.
The results of the drug test may be released by next week, Pangan said.
Teodoro underscored the importance of the drug test, saying that most of the crimes committed are drug-related.
“We will look for ways so that 100 percent of the inmates will undergo drug test,” Teodoro said.
“This [drug test]will also serve as surveillance and part of the internal cleansing in the ranks of our jail personnel, if any one of them tested positive for illegal drug use,” the mayor added.
Teodoro also said jail officials will strictly implement rules covering visitors and visiting hours to ensure that no contraband such as illegal drugs will be sneaked inside the jail facility.