E-dalaw for PDLs in Occidental Mindoro

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 13, 2020   •   371

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)

Locally-stranded individuals, hindi muna makakapasok sa Bulacan habang naka-MECQ – LGU

Robie de Guzman   •   August 4, 2020

Inanunsyo ngayong Martes ng Bulacan provincial government na hindi muna papayagang makapasok ang mga uuwing locally-stranded individuals (LSI) habang nasa ilalim ng modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) ang lalawigan.

Ayon kay Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando, layon ng hakbang na higpitan ang paglabas-masok ng mga tao sa Bulacan at Metro Manila nang mapigilan ang lalo pang pagkalat ng coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“No LSI muna na manggagaling sa ibang lugar, lahat ng papasok sa main, hindi muna namin tatangapin habang naka-MECQ tayo. Yung papasok ng Maynila talagang hihigpitan namin ang pagbabantay,” ani Fernando.

Bilang bahagi ng hakbanging ito, naglagay na ng checkpoint ang Bulacan Police sa entry at exit points ng lalawigan pati na sa mga daanang papunta at pabalik ng North Luzon Expressway at Metro Manila.

Ayon kay Bulacan Provincial Police director PCol. Lawrence Cajipe, dadaan sa inspeksyon ang mga sasakyan upang matiyak na authorized person outside residence (APOR), medical at iba pang essential workers lang ang bumibiyahe.

“Kung hindi sila APOR, huwag na nilang pilitin palabas. Madedelay lang sila pagmumulan lang ng tensyon, kung di naman medical emergency huwag nang lumabas,” ani Cajipe.

Paalala rin ng mga otoridad, suspendido sa ngayon ang biyahe ng mga pampasaherong bus, jeep at iba pang pampublikong sasakyan.

Epektibo rin ang curfew hours sa lalawigan mula alas-otso ng gabi hanggang ala-singko ng umaga. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Nestor Torres)

Nearly 22,000 inmates released from PH jails amid coronavirus pandemic — DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   July 22, 2020

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday said that a total of 21,858 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) have been released from jail facilities managed by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said these PDLs were released from March 17 to July 13 from 470 BJMP facilities nationwide in a move to decongest overcrowded jails amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Of the total number of inmates released, 15,102 were paralegal releases through bail, plea-bargaining, parole, or probation while 6,756 were non-paralegal releases through acquittal or served sentence.

Of the PDLs released, 409 were elderly, 621 were sick, and 24 were pregnant.

“Patunay lamang ito na sa gitna ng pandemya, hindi nakakaligtaan ng pamahalaan ang kapakanan at kabutihan ng ating mga kapatid na nakapiit sa mga kulungan, lalong-lalo na iyong mga matatanda, mahihina at buntis. Nagpapasalamat din kami sa Supreme Court sa kanilang mga bagong guidelines na nakatulong sa maraming PDLs,” Año said.

“The DILG through the BJMP is also taking concrete measures to decongest our jails such as improving and putting up more jail facilities and fast-tracking the court hearings of PDLs,” he added.

Meanwhile, the DILG Chief said the BJMP is conducting targeted testing in 51 jail facilities and three BJMP offices that have been compromised by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Año said that of the jail units, Region VII had the highest number of positive cases at 731; followed by CALABARZON at 146; and National Capital Region at 139.

Other BJMP facilities with reported cases are Region IX with 84; Region III with 13; MIMAROPA and Region VI with four cases each; Cordillera Administrative Region and Region XI with one case each.

As of July 15, 2020, Año said there are only 180 active COVID-19 cases in the BJMP, 126 of whom are PDLs, and 54 are BJMP personnel.

He said 895 PDLs and jail personnel have recovered, while 11 died from the disease.

He said that the recovery rate for PDLs is 82% and 69% for BJMP personnel, while the death rate is at 1.05% for PDLs and 0.56% for BJMP personnel.

Año said the BJMP is sustaining its stringent measures to keep its other facilities COVID-free. These include contract tracing, immediate isolation of suspected cases, proper medical attention, electronic dalaw or “e-dalaw,” set up of handwashing areas, and regular disinfection in jail premises, among others.

Navotas City ranks second highest in COVID-19 cases

Marje Pelayo   •   July 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Navotas City remains under strict community quarantine as cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continue to rise in the area.

Currently, the city has recorded a total of 1,054 COVID-19 cases, coming in second to Cebu City which has recorded 6,320 positive cases.

The figure was based on the number of the city’s residents relative to the one million population, as posted on Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco’s social media account.

Ayon sa datos, pumapangalawa ang Navotas sa may pinakamaraming kaso ng COVID-19 kung pagbabasehan ang bilang ng…

Posted by Toby Tiangco on Tuesday, 21 July 2020

The city government has imposed a fine of P250 to P4,000 and an eight-hour community service on quarantine violators and yet, their number continues to shoot up, reaching more than 3,000 since the lockdown started on July 16.

To control the spread of the virus, the city government is conducting free COVID-19 testing which started on Wednesday (July 22).

The effort targets 1,000 Navoteños a day to undergo swab testing until July 31.

Meanwhile, the city government will conduct lockdown testing from July 23 to 25 which includes minors, persons with disability (PWD) and senior citizens. MNP (with inputs from Rey Pelayo)

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