In a meeting described as “warm and positive,” Muntinlupa City Mayor Ruffy Biazon recently paid a courtesy visit to Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director-General Gerald Bantag to open channels for the discussion of mutual interests of the City Government and the BuCor.

“I am glad for the warm and positive reception of Dir. Gen. Bantag to the concerns we presented to him. We were able to come to an understanding to address common concerns for the shared interests and mutual benefit of the City Government and BuCor,” Biazon said.

Among the issues discussed was the need for a sustainable reintegration program for Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs). Both Biazon and Bantag agreed that the City Government and the BuCor can work together to provide opprotunities for employment or livelihood for PDLs who have successfully completed the reformation process.

On Biazon’s part, he was able to bring to Bantag’s attention the current issues regarding the access for students of Muntinlupa National High School (MNHS) and the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa (PLMun), and the development plans for the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) reservation. MNHS and PLMun are among several schools run by the City Government within the premises of the NBP’s 400-hectare property and benefit not only residents of the reservation but from all over the City and even nearby towns as well.

Mayor Biazon likewise discussed with Director General Bantag the plight of the people living in the community near Biazon Road who were relocated there by BuCor during their clearing operations around the prison facilities.

Biazon was optimistic about the results of the meeting, although details have yet to be presented. “Looking forward to the cooperation and coordination for our constituents,” Biazon added.

Accompanying Biazon to the meeting with Dir. Gen. Bantag were City Administrator Engr. Allan Cachuela and Muntinlupa Chief of Police Angel Garcillano.

*Source: Public Information Office