E-dalaw for PDLs in Occidental Mindoro

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 13, 2020   •   836

A jail facility in Occidental Mindoro launched an E-dalaw Program for persons deprived of liberty (PDL) to still be able to see their loved ones.

The San Jose District Jail installed computers for PDLs to be able to video call their relatives amid the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

According to San Jose District Jail Welfare and Development Officer JO1 Archie Familara said the E-dalaw can help the PDLs cope with the effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

There are currently 129 detainees inside the jail, 12 of whom have already been released since the implementation of the ECQ.

“Ito ang pinakamagandang activity since wala po tayong contact, wala tayong dalaw na personal (This is the best activity since we have no contact, no personal visits). Mayroon tayong (we have) video conferencing with the family,” he said. AAC (with reports from Von San Pedro)

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)

Over 42,000 inmates in BJMP jails now vaccinated vs COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Over 42,000 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) detained in facilities under the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), a total of 42,493 PDLs have been inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine.

Of the PDLs who got jabbed, 27,951 received the first dose; 7,473 received the second dose and 7,069 received a single dose COVID-19 vaccine.

The top three regions with the highest number of vaccinated PDLs are Metro Manila, CALABARZON, and Northern Mindanao.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año calls on local government units (LGUs) to provide enough budget allocation for PDLs and jail officers.

Nakikiusap kami sa ating mga LGUs na bigyan ng sapat na alokasyon ang mga PDLs at jail officers. Napakadelikado na magkaroon ng hawaan sa loob ng mga piitan kaya dapat ay bakunado rin sila (We are requesting the LGUs to provide sufficient allocation for PDLs and jail officers. It would be very dangerous to have transmission inside detention centers so they need to be vaccinated as well),” he said.

“Our PDLs are not and will never be second-class citizens and they, too, deserve to be protected from the virus. We will not stop until all PDLs under the DILG and the BJMP’s supervision are all vaccinated,” he added.

Among the BJMP personnel, 12,568 are fully vaccinated while 14,441 are waiting for their second dose. AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

4 religious facilities in QC under lockdown due to high COVID-19 cases

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 22, 2021

The Quezon City local government has placed four religious facilities under lockdown due to high number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

Based on the report of the Quezon City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (QCESU) there is a recent outbreak in Christ the King Mission Seminary, where almost half of its population has been infected. Out of the 59 individuals in the seminary, 25 tested positive for the virus.

As of September 18, eleven of these positive cases have recovered, 13 remain active, and one has succumbed to COVID-19.

QCESU Chief Dr. Rolando Cruz reported that the seminary’s Villa Cristo Rey and Fininman Building have bee placed under Special Concern Lockdown (SCL) since September 18.

The temporary closure of Christ the King Mission Seminary brings the total number of religious facilities in the city under lockdown to four. The other three are  Stella Maris Convent (since September 10); Religious of the Virgin Mary (since September 14) and Convent of the Holy Spirit which has been under lockdown since September 15.

Meanwhile, the Quezon City government has started creating a set of guidelines on ventilation for buildings and workplaces to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19. AAC

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