Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Agency to Bail and Hire Accused

The Metro Manila Development Authority yesterday backed a proposal to give detainees a chance to bail out under the agency’s Trabaho, Trabaho program.

General manager Robert Nacianceno said the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, represented by Director Serafin Baretto Jr., attended the meeting of the Metro Manila Council to work out a plan with Chairman Bayani Fernando to recruit inmates with bailable offenses for jobs as street sweepers, masons, painters, plumbers or camineros.

“The board of BJMP heard the chairman’s announcement that the authority is willing to accept applicants [who] have not yet been convicted by the court,” he told Standard Today.

Nacianceno said Baretto’s scheme would help decongest city jails, enable the detainee to post a bail, live a normal life and earn enough to pay back the bondsman.

The agency’s Public Safety chief Ramon Santiago said the “Bail Now, Work Now, Pay Later” plan would fit in the agency’s employment- generating drive.

“The payment of bond would be derived from the salary of the released person,” he told Standard Today, referring to the qualified inmate’s temporary liberty.

“Only indigent detainees would have the privilege. MMC has not yet resolved the proposal. But Chairman Fernando is considering its approval.”

At the council meeting were Las Piñas City Mayor Vergel Aguilar, Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian along with Metro Manila Councilors’ League president Serafin Bernardino, Quezon City Vice Mayor Herbert Bautista, and representatives of the other localities.

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