Iwahig Prison in Palawan ends 21-day COVID quarantine April 21

The Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (IPPF) in Palawan will complete on April 21 its 21-day quarantine which was imposed when an employee died due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection.

“The implementation of strict quarantine in IPPF is necessary to ensure the safety and wellness of all PDL (persons deprived of liberty) under confinement and personnel, as well as their families and loved ones,” the IPPF said in a statement.

During the quarantine period, the IPPF said all personnel were “refrained from going outside the reservation and to stay in their respective government quarters even after the tour of duty to lessen the possibility of being infected with the disease due to the increasing number of positive CoVid-19 cases in the nearby Barangays and/or city proper.”

“Going inside the prison reservation is likewise prohibited especially for the non-essential transactions until further notice,” it said.

It stressed that personnel who are experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and other illnesses have been advised “to immediately consult the Colony physician for medical treatment and proper disposition.”

 It also said that IPPF’s Quick Response Team (QRT) has been instructed “to tighten the security and to conduct roving patrol within their area of responsibility from time to time especially during wee hours.”

 “All Sub-Colonies were instructed to do the same,” it added.