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BuCor eyes ‘herd immunity’ in prisons as more PDLs get vaxxed

December 6, 2021 Hector Lawas 254 views

SOME 39,155 out of 48,357 persons deprived of liberty, or 80.67 percent, in prison facilities under the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) have received either their first or second dose of vaccine against COVID-19.

Of the 39, 155, BuCor disclosed that 13,656 PDLs are fully vaccinated while 25,499 are awaiting their second dose.

The BuCor prison facilities are New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City, Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm in Occidental Mindoro, Davao Prison and Penal Farm in Davao del Norte, the Leyte Regional Prison in Southern Leyte, San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm in Zamboanga City, and Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Palawan.

BuCor is an attached agency of the Department of Justice. Under the law, the DOJ has administrative supervision over BuCor.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) held an onsite registration for the National Identification System to persons deprived of liberty at the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Palawan from November 22 to December 2, 2021

This, as the national government mandated a single national ID for all Filipinos, including PDLs.

Signed into law by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in August 2018, Republic Act 11055, or the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) is the national ID that will be a valid proof of identity and means to simplify private and government transactions.