3,000 inmates sa buong bansa, maaaring mapalaya batay sa SC guidelines – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   May 5, 2020   •   1234

MANILA, Philippines – Mahigit sa 3,000 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) ang maaaring mapalaya mula sa mga kulungan sa buong bansa kung pagbabatayan ang bagong patakaran ng Supreme Court (SC).

Sinabi ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) na kung ibabatay sa bagong SC guidelines, maraming PDL ang kwalipikado nang lumabas ng bilangguan sa gitna na rin ng banta ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Maaari silang palayain sa oras na makatanggap ng court order, ayon sa DILG.

Matatandaang naglabas ng Administrative Circular 39-2020 ang Korte Suprema na nag-uutos na paluwagin ang mga bilangguang pinangangasiwaan ng Bureau of Jail Management and Penology at Bureau of Corrections sa gitna ng COVID-19 crisis.

Sa ilalim ng direktiba ng SC, binabawasan ang piyansa ng mga naakusahan ng krimen na may pataw na reclusion temporal o 12 hanggang 20 taong pagkakakulong, habang ang mga nahatulan naman ng anim na buwan pababa ay maaari nang palayain alinsunod sa tinatawag na Recognizance.

Ayon kay DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, suportado nila ang direktiba ng kataas-taasang hukuman.

Naniniwala rin si Año na ang “makataong” atas ng Korte Suprema ay magsusulong ng social restorative justice habang pinapagaan ang pasanin ng mga PDL at maging ng mga tauhan ng BJMP.

“Malaking tulong ito sa ating mga mahihirap at matatandang nakapiit sa ating mga pasilidad na mabigyan sila ng pagkakataong makapiling muli ang kanilang mga mahal sa buhay. Malaking ginhawa din ito sa ating mga tauhan sa BJMP dahil mababawasan ang kanilang mga alalahanin sa gitna ng banta ng COVID-19,” ani Año.

Bilang isang mahalagang istratehiya, paliwanag ni Año, uunahin ng BJMP ang pagpapalaya sa mga kuwalipikadong PDL na may court order at kasalukuyang nakapiit sa BJMP facilities na may kumpirmadong kaso ng COVID-19 upang hindi na mahawa ang ibang PDL.

“Kami ay nag-iingat upang hindi na kumalat ang virus sa apat na pasilidad at ipinatutupad ang contract tracing, mabilisang paghihiwalay ng mga suspected cases, at serbisyong medikal sa mga PDL, bukod pa sa mga hakbang na ipinatutupad sa mga BJMP facilities sa buong bansa,” ayon sa kalihim.

Apat sa 468 pasilidad ng BJMP sa buong bansa ang nag-ulat na ng 345 kaso ng COVID-19.

Ayon sa DILG, maaaring maghain ng petisyon ang mga abogado ng mga PDL sa mga mababang hukuman. Sa oras na ito ay aprubahan at ang release order ay mailabas, palalayain ng BJMP ang PDL base sa piyansa o recognizance.

Para naman sa mga hindi makakalaya, patuloy na ipatutupad ng BJMP ang mga hakbang upang huwag nang kumalat ang pandemya, tulad ng electronic dalaw, o e-dalaw, pagtatakda ng mga handwashing area at regular na disinfection ng mga pasilidad. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

No special treatment for Ong, Dargani in Pasay City Jail — BJMP

Maris Federez   •   November 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines [UPDATED] — Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation executives Linconn Ong and Mohit Dargani are now under the custody of the Pasay City Jail.

The two Pharmally executives were formally transferred to the said facility at 2:00 PM Monday (November 29) after the Blue Ribbon Committee issued an order of commitment against the two for their failure to submit necessary documents asked of them by the Senate panel in the alleged anomalous procurement of personal protective equipment in line with the government’s anti-COVID-19 response.

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) assured that there will be no special treatment for Ong and Dargani on their transfer to the Pasay City Jail.

“Walang special treatment. Walang preferential attention para sa kanila. Ang policy ng BJMP, pantay pantay na pagtrato sa lahat ng aming mga PDL (persons deprived of liberty), patas na pagmamalasakit sa lahat,” said BJMP spokesperson Jail Chief Inspector Xavier Solda in a statement released to the media.

The BJMP official said the Pasay City Jail is currently at 1,000% congestion and that they do not have separate facilities to provide for the two Pharmally executives.

However, Ong and Dargani will be put first in the isolation area as part of the health and security procedures being implemented in the country’s jail facilities.

“Pasay City Jail is a 1000% congested facility with 1,104 persons deprived of liberty (PDL). It does not have a separate facility except the isolation area intended for newly committed PDL which is part of the health and security procedures being observed in jails,” said Solda.

Solda added that following the 10 to 14-day mandatory quarantine period, the two will be transferred to the jail cell.

“After the mandatory quarantine period of 10-14 days, the subject individuals will be assigned to a cell in the general population,” Solda said.

Before their transfer to the Pasay City Jail, Ong and Dargani went through medical check-ups and antigen testing. Both tested negative for COVID-19. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

DILG calls for more volunteers to support 3-day COVID-19 vaccination drive

Robie de Guzman   •   November 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has called for more volunteers to support all local government units (LGU) during the three-day national vaccination drive.

The three-day campaign, dubbed as “Bayanihan Bakunahan,” will be held from November 29 to December 1. It aims to inoculate 15 million Filipinos across 16 regions outside of Metro Manila.

In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said this program is “the most ambitious vaccination undertaking in the country to date,” and they need many volunteers, especially those with medical backgrounds, to assist in the more than 12,000 vaccination sites nationwide.

“We, therefore, urge everyone to become heroes not only by getting vaccinated but also by volunteering their services during the three-day vaccination drive,” he added.

Año urged state or private colleges and universities, especially those that are offering medical and nursing courses, to mobilize doctors, nurses, and nursing students to assist LGUs during the campaign.

Among the volunteers needed for the campaign are vaccination teams that include medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, midwives, first responders, paramedics, other health professionals, teachers, and professors.

“They will be assigned as health screeners, vaccinators, post vaccination monitors, or health educators. The projected number of health professionals needed is around 100,000” Año said.

For the vaccination drive management team, the DILG said the volunteers needed are data professionals, teachers, and school personnel, accountants, students, government employees, Sangguniang Kabataan, or any willing and trained data personnel and volunteers.

“They will be assigned as Encoders or Talliers or Data Consolidators,” the department added.

The DILG said LGUs are already mobilizing barangay officials and barangay-based institutions to bring people to the more than 12,000 proposed vaccination sites.

“Bukod sa ating mga LGUs, napakalaki po ng parte ng bawat mamamayan sa paparating na Bayanihan Bakunahan. Kaya naman, inaanyayahan po namin ang lahat na makiisa at mag-volunteer. Let us live out the spirit of bayanihan and defeat the pandemic,” Año said.

“Mag-volunteer sa inyong LGU para sa anumang suporta na maaaring maibigay. Hikayatin at tulungan magpabakuna ang mga kapamilya at kaibigan para sa ating pagsalubong sa ligtas na bagong normal lalo na ngayong magpa-Pasko at sa nalalapit na pagpasok ng bagong taon,” he added.

Volunteers can sign up through the National Volunteer Registration portal.

“LGUs must also ensure that the enlistment of volunteers thru the National Vaccination Volunteer Registration (NVVR) is properly managed by assigning a point person who will coordinate and communicate with the volunteers, and a data manager to download the list of volunteers with their contact details from the Vaccination Operations Reporting System (VORS),” the DILG said.

In a memorandum circular, Año also urged LGUs to expand the number of vaccination sites to include schools, malls, cinemas, restaurants, and other public places.

He also said LGUs should see to it that all vaccines that shall be used in the nationwide campaign are ready and will be properly distributed to the vaccination sites.

After the three-day vaccination drive, the DILG said it will be evaluating the performance of the LGUs.

They will also be required to submit a report to DILG’s Emergency Operations Center on December 3.

“From December 2-31, 2021, the DILG will be assessing and evaluating the reports and will be recognizing and commending LGUs who have achieved their daily targets for the NVD. The DILG will also provide feedback and report to the LGU,” it said.

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the dates November 29, 30 and December 1 as Bayanihan, Bakunahan COVID-19 vaccination days,

Under Proclamation No. 1253, issued by Duterte on Wednesday, employees and workers of the government and the private sector, who will be vaccinated during this period, shall not be considered absent from their work.

 

DILG to tap SK members as data encoders for 3-day vaccination drive

Robie de Guzman   •   November 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) will be mobilized as data encoders in the government’s three-day national vaccination drive from November 29 to December 1, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said.

In a statement released on Monday, the DILG said this is to ensure sufficient manpower during the simultaneous vaccination drive dubbed as “Bayanihan Bakunahan” program.

“Sisiguraduhin po ng DILG na ang logistical needs ng ating pagbabakuna ay ating makakamit. Alam po natin na kailangan natin ng maraming data encoders and on the part of the DILG, we will mobilize the Sangguniang Kabataan nationwide,” said DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.

He said the youth sector led by the SK has expressed willingness to extend manpower support to the three-day vaccination drive to ensure the smooth conduct of the activity.

The DILG is closely coordinating with the National Youth Commission and the SK Federation on this matter, he added.

The department will also mobilize the Philippine National Police (PNP) to maintain peace and order in the vaccination sites, while medical teams from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the PNP will also be asked to help in the conduct of vaccination.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will also be tapped to help ensure the peaceful conduct of vaccination in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) areas.

Malaya also said that a Memorandum Circular will be issued, directing all local government units (LGUs) to prepare enough manpower in vaccination to meet their daily targets.

“Buong puwersa po ng DILG pati ang ating mga local government units ay nakatutok at susuporta sa Bayanihan Bakunahan. The government aims to vaccinate 15-million Filipinos in the three-day activity in order to reach our goal of population protection the soonest possible time,” he said.

Aside from the SK and the DILG’s attached agencies, Malaya said that the Department of Education (DepEd) will also deploy teachers to be encoders during the vaccination drive.

“Kami po ay nagpapasalamat sa DepEd dahil ang mga eskwelahan po ay gagamitin din natin na vaccination sites para dito sa malaki nating programa,” he said.

In addition, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will provide additional encoders through the Government Internship Program (GIP).

To entice more people to get vaccinated during the three-day vaccination program, Malaya said that the DILG will also conduct social mobilization activities such as town hall meetings in barangays to address vaccine hesitancy and vaccine preference.

“Inaanyayahan po natin ang bawat Pilipino na maging bayani at makiisa dito sa programang ito. Para po sa mga hindi pa nababakunahan, magparehistro na po tayo sa pinakamalapit na LGU sa inyong lugar,” said Malaya.

“Sa mga bakunado na po, mag volunteer po tayo sa ating mga LGU dahil nangangailangan po tayo ng mga vaccinators. Nangangailangan din po tayo ng mga data encoders at kung ano-ano pa,” he added.

The government will launch the program in a bid to scale up the country’s vaccination rate, especially in areas whose immunization drives are facing logistical challenges and limitations.

To date, about 33.8 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 since the immunization campaign started in March.

The government has been eyeing to vaccinate up to 70 million people to achieve population protection against the viral disease.

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