The City Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, chaired by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, confirms that there are no active COVID-19 cases in the male and female dormitories of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology due to the strict of health protocols by both Persons Deprived of Liberty of PDLs and Jail Officers.
Dumaguete City Jail Male Dorm Warden J/Supt. Jonairy Sitchon said that to prevent transmission of COVID-19 inside the facilities, even the Changing of Guards every 14 days is heavily regulated there are currently 3 groups of Jail Officers: the outgoing officers will relieved those in the support group (stationed outside the facility) who will in turn go on home quarantine while those who completed the home quarantine will enter the facility as lock-in personnel.
This cycle of Changing of the Guards is seen as effective in making sure that there is a remote possibility of any personnel from outside becoming a potential carrier of the virus.
Among the other measures adopted by the authorities to prevent transmission inside the facilities include the prohibition of visits, food packages from the relatives of the PDLs are also thoroughly inspected and disinfected; cash for the PDLs will be converted to coupons and shall serve as the legal tender inside the facilities and regular disinfection of the facilities.
City Health Officer Dr. Maria Sarah B. Talla also confirmed that all PDLs and Jail Officers have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to further ensure herd immunity of the residents of BJMP facilities.