The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) has offered to donate to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) internet and equipment that would allow “E-Dalaw” or online visitation for persons deprived of liberty (PDLs).
In a statement, BuCor said that a meeting with ICRC, represented by Dennis Burcer, was held last Sept. 6 with the bureau’s Information and Communications Technology Division (ICTD) chief CT/SInsp. Francisco G. Salvador.
It said that during the meeting “a proposal has been developed for an ‘E-Dalaw’ program.”
“They (ICRC) have presented the diagram for network structure and further committed to donate the needed internet service provider and equipment for the said program while the ICTD is responsible for the management and maintenance of the interconnectivity which will be accommodated in the existing BuCor Data Center,” the bureau said.
BuCor said that “E-Dalaw” is a gateway “to connect the PDLs to their families through an on-line platform, hence, continuous communication can be established without physical contact as part of humanitarian effort for the rehabilitation of PDLs.”
The COVID-19 pandemic “has a big impact in the country’s national prisons and mostly affected are the spouses and family members of PDLs who want to visit them in BuCor prison facilities,” it pointed out.