No COVID-19 cases in prisons since July 1

July 15, 2020

Prison facilities under the control and supervision of Bureau of Corrections have not reported any COVID-19 infection since July 1.

This was revealed yesterday by Justice Undersecretary Mark Perete, the concurrent spokesman, in a message to reporters.

According to Perete, BuCor's last count placed the total confirmed cases at 343 with 18 deaths, and so far, 323 recoveries.  Two individuals – one person deprived of liberty (PDL) and a member of BuCor personnel – remain in quarantine.

Perete added that of the 18 recorded deaths – all PDLs – 15 came from the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa and three (3) from the Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City.

"The NBP and CIW are the only penal farms and colonies managed by BuCor that logged cases of infection;  the remaining five reported no cases of Covid19 all throughout the monitoring period," Perete said in a message.

But Perete disclosed that as of today (Wednesday) and until further notice, visitation privileges remain suspended.  However, the electronic dalaw program remains in place to allow inmates to communicate with their loved-ones.

Aside from CIW and NBP, the other BuCor facilities are Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm in Oriental Mindoro, 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, and the Leyte Regional Prison in Southern Leyte.

BuCor is an attached agency of the Department of Justice.