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Batangas Provincial Jail, remains COVID-19 free

By Sentinel Times Staff
July 2, 2020

Prisoners of San Jose Sico Jail in Batangas City.

BATANGAS CITY - The San Jose Sico Jail is still COVID-free in Batangas City, according to BJMP SJInsp Glenn Sianquita.

“This is large because of the assistance extended by the local government,” He said.

He expressed gratitude for the support of the City Government in the leadership of Mayor Beverley Rose Dimacuha, who continues to provide them with adequate food and medical assistance.

He pointed out that prisoners have not been granted visiting privileges since the Enhanced Community Quarantine was carried out until the Modified General Community Quarantine.

The facility is on lockdown to ensure guests are unable to transmit the virus, which is why they are demanding PDL family members to understand.

Supervised video calls and telephone calls allow them to talk to their loved ones.

According to Sianquita, the court hearings were conducted via videoconferencing.

According to Atty. Genaro Cabral, Acting Provincial Jail Warden, a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) swab test issued on June 22,2020 with 1,132 inmates of the Provincial Jail and all of them resulted in a negative.

“Kahit ang mga Persons Deprived of Liberties (PDLs) ay prayoridad ng pamahalaang panlalawigan dahil ito ay kanilang pananagutan lalo na sa kanilang kalagayan na nasa kulungan kung saan mas mabilis kumalat ang COVID-19 sakaling magpositibo dahilan sa kakulangan ng social distancing at halos dikit-dikit ang mga tao dito,” Cabral said.

The official added that before the province put under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), security measures had been taken to prevent the virus from entering and protecting PDLs.

Some of these measures include temporary restraint of visitation, the availability of guard shifting to prevent outside interruptions, and regular response and medical attention to inmates.

Jail guards are also in good health while the health and safety policies continue to be enforced.

Batangas Provincial Isolation Facility for Persons Deprived of Liberties recently opened in Brgy. Malainin in the town of Ibaan managed by the Department of Health Calabarzon.

There are currently 422 males and 80 females who are persons deprived of liberty. (with reports from PIA Batangas and PIO PROVINCE)


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