Pagkalampag ni De Lima sa mga opisyal ng BuCor, malaking tulong sa kampanya ng PNP vs. illegal drugs

admin   •   November 28, 2014   •   2311

FILE PHOTO: Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Umaasa ang PNP-Anti Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force na magkakaroon ng positibong resulta ang pagkalampag ni Justice Secretary Leila De Lima sa mga opisyal at personnel ng Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

Ito ay may kaugnayan sa pamamayagpag ng illegal drugs operation sa loob ng New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Ayon kay AIDSOTF Legal and Investigation Division Chief P/CInsp. Roque Merdegia, malaking tulong sa ginagawang kampanya ng pamahalaan laban sa iligal na droga kung matutukoy ng DOJ at NBI ang mga kasabwat na opisyal at tauhan ng BuCor.

“Natutuwa kami dahil sa wakas ay may nakinig sa aming mga information.” “Hindi lamang yung pamamayagpag ng ilegal na droga sa loob kundi maging sa labas ng Bilibid pero yung transaksyon o negotiation ay nangyayari sa pagitan ng mga nasa loob ng kulungan at nasa labas.”

Idinagdag pa ng opisyal na handa silang magsagawa ng operasyon laban sa ilegal na droga sa loob ng NBP kung ipag-uutos ito ng korte.

“Kung ipaguutos sa amin handa naman kaming tumulong actually ginawa na namin yan before, nagkaroon na kami ng operations sa loob nagkaroon ng mapping sa loob at nagfile tayo ng kaso sa convicted drug lord dahil nakunan natin ng shabu sa loob ng kanyang suit room,” saad pa ni Merdegia.

At dahil talamak pa rin at patuloy na namamayagpag ang mga drug lord kahit nakakulong na, pabor ang AIDSOTF na i-isolate ang mga ito sa isang isla at patawan ng death penalty.

Matatandaang noon pa sinasabi ng PNP AIDSOTF na talamak ang operasyon ng droga sa NBP at buhay hari ang mga drug lord na nakakulong dito dahil may mga telepono, laptop at naka-WiFi pa ang mga ito.

“Actually for the 9th time we proposed the re-imposition of death penalty for those convicted drug lord kasi pag big time talaga ay sobrang salot na,” saad pa ni Merdegia. (Lea Ylagan / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

195 PDLs, 38 BJMP employees tested positive for COVID-19

Maris Federez   •   May 5, 2020

Inmates at the Manila City Jail | Courtesy: Photoville International

MANILA, Philippines — Close to 400 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) have undergone the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing.

The Department of Health (DOH) also reported that of the 373 PDLs who went through the test, 195 have yielded positive results.

Thirty-eight employees of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) have also been infected with the deadly disease.

“Nakikipag-ugnayan ang DOH sa BJMP pati rin sa Philippine Red Cross (PRC) upang masiguro ang maagang ma-test, ma-isolate at magamot ang ang persons deprived of liberty, maging ang mga empleyado natin ng BJMP upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19 sa loob ng mga kulungan,” said DOH spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire.

The DOH also said that the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have visited the Correctional Institute for Women where a significant number of detainees have tested positive of COVID-19.

Several testing activities are also being conducted among the PDLs and BJMP employees in different detention facilities in the country as part of the preventive measures against the infectious disease.

The DOH is determined to reach its target of 30,000 COVID-19 tests per day until the end of May.

Vergeire said the agency’s four soon-to-be-opened swabbing centers will be a big help in intensifying the country’s testing capability.

These swabbing centers are located in Bulacan, Pasay City, Taguig City and along Roxas Blvd. in Manila.

“Ang lahat ng ito ay magbubukas anomang araw ngayong linggo ayon kay BCDA (Bases Conversion and Development Authority) President Vince Dizon. Upang maabot ang ating mga resulta ng target na 30,000 tests kada araw sa darating na Mayo 31, ang DOH ay may itinalagang karagdagang lab encoders upang mapabilis ang labas ng mga resulta ng COVID-19 tests na isinagawa,” Vergeire added.

The health department will also deploy additional manpower in the designated swabbing centers to help fast track the processing of results. — (from the report of Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

DOH reports setting up of quarantine facilities in some detention centers vs spread of COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   May 1, 2020

The NBP COVID-19 Quarantine area (Site Harry), was further configured to be ready to accommodate more patients if need be during this period of COVID-19 pandemic. | BuCor

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said that quarantine centers have been installed in some detention facilities in the country to prevent the spread and manage the cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among persons deprived of liberty (PDL).

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said they are closely working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in building isolation facilities for probable and suspect coronavirus cases inside detention facilities such as the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

“ICRC has installed a 110-bed capacity quarantine facility in the medium-security New Bilibid Prison. Multi-disciplinary technical support has likewise been supplied to the Correctional Institute for Women as an emergency response to its confirmed cases detected recently,” Duque said in a statement.

The Health chief added that the ICRC is also assisting the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) in setting up temporary isolation centers for COVID-19 positive PDLs who are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms.

“A 48-bed quarantine facility in the Quezon City Jail in Payatas is now fully operational with 40 admitted detainees,” the DOH said.

“It is being expanded to 200 beds and will open shortly in collaboration with BJMP,” it added.

The health department also reported that a 40-bed quarantine facility at the New San Fernando District Jail and an 80-bed quarantine facility at the Quezon District Jail in Pagbilao, Lucena City are likewise being prepared.

“Such isolation centers were set-up with separate areas for patients and sleeping quarters for staff, electricity, water, cots, and basic furnishings,” it said.

“The staff were also furnished with medical equipment, personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and tablet devices to facilitate contact between patients and their relatives,” it added.

Training on infection prevention and control, and management of the dead based on DOH and WHO guidelines were also provided.

Aside from the ICRC, the Health chief said they are also coordinating with the Department of Justice, and the World Health Organization for the conduct of an initial assessment, investigation and management of cases at the Correctional Institution for Women-Bureau of Corrections and the NBP.

This is to ensure that “infection control measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in penal and correctional facilities.”

Duque said that other closed-setting facilities such as orphanages, and homes for the aged will also be monitored with the help of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

“Multi-sectoral efforts are ramped up to support all vulnerable areas to stem this pandemic. In all closed-setting facilities, a single case of an asymptomatic positive COVID-19 case can be a disaster,” he said.

The measure comes after more than 200 detainees and personnel at three city jails in the country were reported to have contracted the viral respiratory disease.

BuCor preps ‘Site Harry’ for COVID-19 response at NBP

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 1, 2020

The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) continues to prepare the New Bilibid Prison’s (NBP) coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine area at Site Harry.

On Thursday (April 30), BuCor received medical supplies and other equipment from the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross). The ICRC also renovated the isolation area for the Person’s Deprived of Liberty (PDL) who are exhibiting COVID-19-like symptoms.

The ICRC donated personal protective equipment (PPEs), beds and pillows.

The said isolation area was previously used as a work area for making handicrafts. The area can accommodate up to 100 PDLs.

“The families of the PDL in the NBP can be assured that there is now a comfortable facility that can accommodate their PDL loved ones in case of confinement in relation to COVID-19,” BuCor said in a statement. AAC

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