Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) — The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on Monday said it will turn to technology to improve the monitoring of both inmates and its personnel in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) following fresh reports of contraband smuggling.카지노사이트
BuCor officer-in-charge Gregorio Catapang Jr. said they will install high-tech equipment in the national penitentiary over the next three months as part of efforts to clean up the facility and the bureau.
“What I lack in personnel, I will compensate through technology,” Catapang said in a press briefing during BuCor’s 117th founding anniversary. “This will be a technology-driven security system that we will implement.”
The official said among the technologies they will put in place are facial recognition cameras, body cameras, and drones that can patrol the entire NBP, which houses around 30,000 inmates or five times its capacity.
“‘Yung problema po na who will guard the guardians, the technology will guard the guardians,” Catapang said. “Katulad sa AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), may command center, lahat ng tao na nagdu-duty, nakikita ko sila sa screen…Hopefully, pati ‘yung mga inmates may facial recognition.”
[Translation: On the problem of who will guard the guardians, the technology will answer that. Like in the AFP, we will have a command center where we can see on screens all personnel on duty. Hopefully, facial recognition technology will also cover inmates.]바카라사이트
The BuCor also said it will put up more x-ray machines and metal detectors in all entrances to the prison. It added that it has started deploying 30 dogs that can detect illegal drugs, bombs, and gadgets.
Reports of corrupt practices, including rampant bribery and smuggling of contraband items, have hounded the NBP over the past several years.
Earlier this month, the BuCor said over 7,500 canned beers were seized in the maximum-security compound of the prison, with each can costing around ₱1,000. Catapang said some personnel of BuCor and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology temporarily working inside the NBP were behind the beer smuggling.
Authorities also said they confiscated sachets of suspected shabu, guns, cellphones, laptops, money, sharp objects, and other contraband.