Only 474 out of more than 48,000 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) in the Bureau of Corrections prison facilities spread all over the country have been vaccinated against the COVID-19.
BuCor spokesperson Gabriel Chaclag revealed this development in a message on Friday.
He disclosed that 200 are detained at the Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City, 214 at the San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm (SRPPF) in Zamboanga City, and 60 at the Davao Prison and Penal Farm (DPPF) in Davao del Norte.
“Sa ibang prisons katulad ng NBP (New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa) ay wala pa. Dependent kasi tayo sa vaccination programs ng LGUs kung saan matatagpuan ang prison camp,” Chaclag said, as he urged local government units to include PDLs in their vaccination program.
Apart from CIW, SRPPF, DPPF and NBP, the other BuCor prisons are Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm in Oriental Mindoro, Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Palawan, and the Leyte Regional Prison in Southern Leyte.
BuCor is an attached agency of the Department of Justice (DOJ). Under the law, the DOJ has administrative supervision of BuCor and has “the power to review, reverse, revise or modify the decisions of the BuCor in the exercise of its regulatory or quasi-judicial functions.”