MANILA – Nearly 5,000 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa and other national government-run jail facilities have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
According to Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) data released on Monday, 4,774 out of the estimated 48,500 PDL in seven facilities have been vaccinated so far.
Of the total, 3,100 at the Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong, 10 at NBP, and 214 at San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm in Talisayan, Zamboanga City already have the full doses.
Also included in the tally are 60 PDL at the Davao Prison and Penal Farm in Davao del Norte administered with the first dose.
The government also runs the Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm in Mindoro Occidental; Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Puerto Princesa, Palawan; and Leyte Regional Prison in Abuyog but all three had no vaccinated PDL yet.
Among 3,900 jail personnel in the seven facilities, 1,553 have been inoculated
Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra told the media on Monday that the agency “will make proper representations” with vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. to address the issue of vaccination for PDLs in addition to what LGUs (local government unit) can provide.
“The crowded condition in prison facilities makes it necessary to give attention to the plight of PDLs,” Guevarra said via text message.