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Dahil walang datung: Politiko asks attached agencies to share income with DOJ

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An Albay congressman thinks that the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) attached agencies should “chip-in” budget-wise so that the Department may achieve its longstanding needs.

According to Albay 2nd district Rep. Joey Salceda, a certain percentage of the income of the DOJ’s attached agencies should be retained in the Department.

He said that this will augment the funds for the establishment of DOJ’s academy and new prison facilities, as well as increase the prisoners’ measly daily meal allowance.

Salceda made the suggestion during the DOJ’s House Appropriations panel hearing in Congress wherein Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre underscored the need to upgrade the National Bilibid Prison’s (NBP) facilities.

Aguirre said that there are currently 24,000 detainees inside the cramped NBP in Muntinlupa City. He told the lawmakers that each prisoner has a meal allowance of P50 a day.

Aguirre also said that the construction of a new prison building would cost P50 billion.

The DOJ has 10 attached agencies, namely the Bureau of Corrections, Bureau of Immigration, National Bureau of Investigation, Parole and Probation Administration, Presidential Commission on Good Government, Public Attorney’s Office, Office For Alternative Dispute Resolution, Office of the Government Corporate Counsel, Office of the Solicitor General and Land Registration Authority.