DavOr sets safety guidelines for jails, other enclosed areas
DAVAO ORIENTAL, June 9 (PIA)—Safety protocols and guidelines are required by Provincial Governor Nelson Dayanghirang in penal institutions, reformation centers and orphanages in the province, and COVID-19 testing is made mandatory for persons deprived of liberties (PDLs).
Dayanghirang penned Executive Order No. 27, series of 2020 on June 08, 2020 citing the need to issue “pertinent guidelines and impose stricter measures to arrest the spread of COVID-19 specifically on areas with higher risk of transmission”.
Specifically cited as high risk areas in EO 27 are penal institutions, reformation centers, orphanages in relation to previously issued issuance on risk-based testing policy which provides for the mandatory COVID-19 testing of individuals highly at risk of contracting COVID-19.
The EO mandates that five percent of the population in enclosed settings be tested of COVID-19 giving priority to those with co-morbidities, with presence of symptoms, and in consideration of age. This requirement covers the working staff of such facilities.
Dayanghirang also made mandatory for PDLs to be tested of COVID-19 before they be committed to penal institutions and before they will be released.
If found positive before finally getting into prison, the PDL is ordered placed inside the jail’s designated quarantine or isolation facility that is compliant to DOH requirements.
If the PDL be found positive for COVID-19 would exhibit signs and symptoms, he/she shall be placed in a hospital /referral facility upon the assessment and recommendation of a medical doctor.
Once cleared of such disease he or she be permitted to enter the designated detention cells in jails for PDLs who tested negative of COVID 19.
PDLs due for release from jails should likewise undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing by City/Municipal Office inside the jail facility.
If found positive, the PDL is ordered placed in the designated Barangay Isolation Unit of the Barangay where he/she resides, before he/she can be released to the community.
If tested negative, the PDL shall be immediately released to the community, with prior notice to the Punong Barangay of the barangay where he/she resides.
On top of the mandatory COVID-19 testing for individuals in enclosed areas, minimum health standards is strictly ordered to be followed.
Health standards required are not limited to wearing of masks, frequent hand hygiene, frequent disinfection especially in common areas and of surfaces frequently touched.
Wardens, center managers and/or other staff and personnel of enclosed facilities are being made responsible for PDLs, wards and/or residents’ compliance to health standards and guidelines set by EO 27 issued by Provincial Governor Nelson Dayanghirang. (PIA XI/Jeanevive Duron Abangan)