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Justice Undersecretary Reynante Orceo is hoping for a 20 percent reduction in prison population under a unified guideline for time allowances and service of sentence for persons deprived of liberty (PDL).

“The decongestion is the effect that we will have if we have this uniform manual,” said Orceo following Friday’s (December 1) launching of the Uniform Manual on Time Allowances and Service of Sentence which will be used by both the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

Orceo said that prior to the adoption of a uniform manual the Bureau of Corrections and the BJMP, the local jails have different approaches on how to give time allowances to persons deprived of liberty.

“So what happened in the process is we have a dysfunctional administration of justice that is detrimental to the person deprived of liberty,” he said.

Orceo cited that previously “the BJMP have a different computation and its not yet automatically credited when the persons are convicted and transferred to the Bureau of Corrections.”

“And the Bureau of Corrections, on the other hand, have also different approaches on how to consume his time,” he added.