City Chief-of-Police Lt. Col. Mark Gifter Sucalit expressed gratitude to Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, Chairperson of the City’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, for deploying health workers who conducted swab tests for the detainees at the PNP detention center.
Forty-eight (48) detainees underwent swab tests and were all found to be negative of COVID-19. Following the release of negative swab test results, 44 of the detainees were transferred to the City Jail managed by the BJMP.
The mass transfer has decongested the three detention cells of the PNP with only 54 remaining inmates significantly lower than 94 individuals prior to the swab testing and subsequent transfer.
Mayor Remollo credited 3rd District Congressman Arnie Teves for providing the swab kits that also benefitted hundreds of city residents.
Lt. Col. Sucalit has requested assistance for the swab testing of the detainees, who had commitment orders, to relieve the overcrowded detention cells that put their health at risk amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The City Health Office has been regularly monitoring the health status of all detainees to prevent any outbreak of diseases.
With the transfer of 48 inmates to BJMP, the detention cells are now decongested by almost 46% providing comfort and easing the worry of the authorities.