ICRC turns over new sanitation facility to Lanao del Norte provincial jail

January 27, 2011 12:10 pm 

COTABATO CITY, Jan. 27 – Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) formally turned over Thursday a new sanitation facility at the Lanao del Norte provincial jail that would benefit over a hundred inmates.

"In coordination with provincial jail authorities, we supported construction of a spacious 45 square meters extension to the building that houses the inmates, added four restrooms, a laundry and bathing area in order to improve hygiene practices inside the jail,” Jean-Robert Jorda, head of the ICRC sub-delegation in Mindanao, said in a statement distributed to media outlets here.

The ICRC visits annually more than 40 detention facilities in Mindanao in order to monitor treatment and living conditions of inmates, focusing on persons detained in relation to armed conflict and other situations of violence.

"The project in Lanao del Norte provincial jail is only one of the many rehabilitation projects carried out in Mindanao, aimed at improving the conditions of detention," Jorda said.

Rehabilitation works often discussed with authorities take various forms like solar water heating to upgrading of water supply depending on assessment of jail conditions.

Responding to humanitarian problems observed in detention in the Philippines, the ICRC launched the "Call for Action" process in 2007 to help authorities upgrade penal infrastructures, tuberculosis management in jails, and the criminal justice process.

In general, an estimated 25,000 detainees in 43 BJMP jails and four provincial jails have benefited from structural improvements in kitchens, infirmaries, safe water supply, treatment of wastewater, ventilation and sleeping facilities—in the frame of the Call for Action.(PNA)

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