April 7-13, 2011

Out from prisoners’ own human wastes an abundant biogas can be produced in cooking the prisoners’ food.
The provincial warden of Davao del Norte is proposing that a biogas made out from the human wastes is a surefire solution to beat the high cost of wood fuel that the provincial jail has been using in cooking the food for the prisoners .
“Our provincial jail has 9 CRs (comfort rooms) draining down to 3 big septic tanks, and we will only have a contractor to construct a biogas machinery tapping the wastes of my more than 200 inmates, and our problem of where to get woods for fuel is solved,” said provincial warden Darius Sawan.
He said that at present jail authorities are heavily burdened by high prices of wooden fuel that have already eaten up the daily P50 food budget for each inmate.
“Say at P15 per meal per inmate, hardly can you buy now a P15 worth of a bundle of wood fuel enough to cook a pot of rice. Before a big bundle of wood fuel is only worth P5, now a small bundle is worth P15,” he explained.
To remedy the situation, he added, they are always looking for free wood fuel out from cuts and discards of clearing and pruning activities.
“But oftentimes we are procuring wood fuel from those sold in the public market,” Sawan said.
The Davao del Norte provincial jail has 9 cells each of which has a CR. A cell, about 40 square meter, houses an average of 20 inmates. At presstime, it has 212 inmates.
Earlier, Sawan proposed to Governor Rodolfo del Rosario a solar energy to light up the provincial jail during nighttime.
“It is probably being worked out now as a group of Capitol engineering workers have already visited us and made planning and estimation,” he said.
The provincial jail average to consume P20,000 worth of electricity monthly. It goes for the lighting, five electric fans for each cell and airconditioning units for the offices.
The Davao del Norte provincial jail still shares a prison building jampacked at presstime with 547 inmates under the jail management and funding of the provincial government of Compostela Valley.
Since the 1998 division of the erstwhile undivided Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley has yet to have its own provincial jail located inside the province. It is yet to finish its provincial jail building in the purchased land at Barangay Cabidianan in Nabunturan capital town.(Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)


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