The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) yesterday suspended visitation privileges to prisoners in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa and other penal facilities under its supervision following the rise of coronavirus cases in the country.
In a statement, BuCor announced that the privilege will be suspended for one week which will start today, Wednesday.
Apart from NBP, the other facilities to be affected by the measure are Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City, Davao Prison and Penal Farm in Davao del Norte, Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Palawan, San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm in Zamboanga City, Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm in Occidental Mindoro, and the Leyte Regional Prison in Southern Leyte.
“In light of the announcement of Department of Health (DOH) raising Philippines as Code Red Alert Sublevel 1 and President Duterte’s declaration of Public Health Emergency over COVID-19, the Bureau of Corrections strictly implements its safety protocols in ensuring the welfare of its stakeholders and hereby suspending all visitation privileges for one week starting Wednesday, 11 March 2020 in New Bilibid Prison and all its operating prison and penal farms,” the BuCor said in a statement.
It added: “Code Red Sublevel 1 is a preventive call to alert all public and private healthcare providers’ readiness if a sudden increase in cases is reported, similar to what happened in Italy and other countries in Asia.”
As of this writing, the Philippines has 24 confirmed COVID-19 cases as per information released by the Department of Health.