MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have signed and released the revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10592 or the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law.
Under the revised IRR, certain persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) will automatically be disqualified from earning any time allowances.
PDLs who were convicted of heinous crimes, escapees, habitual delinquents, and recidivists are barred from earning GCTA, Credit for Preventive Imprisonment (CPI), Special Time Allowance for Loyalty (STAL), and Time Allowance for Study, Teaching and Mentoring (TASTM).
“In issuing this new IRR, we seek to be fairer and more just in the implementation of the law. We want to implement it consistent with the intent and spirit of the law. Thus, we have clarified all ambiguous provisions that we think led to past abuse in its implementation,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said.
Año added that they also made changes to the definition of “good conduct.” More than “satisfactory good behavior,” the term also includes “non-commission of any crime or offense during the period of imprisonment.”
The revised IRR also states that the time allowances will no longer be given on a monthly basis, but rather cumulative and “will depend on the time of incarceration of the PDL.”
Good conduct assessments will be done monthly, but accrued time allowances will be given at the following point of imprisonment: a) first 2 years; b) fifth year; c) 10th year; d) 11th year and every year thereafter. (HGBH/LMO)
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