BuCor vows to have all PDLs, workers vaccinated vs COVID

Published October 25, 2021, 1:03 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

Bureau of Corrections

The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) has assured it will beef up efforts to get all persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) and personnel in its seven prison facilities vaccinated against the coronavirus diseases (COVID-19).

There are 48,511 PDLs in seven prison facilities nationwide and BuCor records showed that only about 10 per cent have been vaccinated.

Earlier, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra had directed BuCor officials to exert more efforts to have PDLs vaccinated.

Vaccinations of PDLs depend on the local government units (LGUs) where the facilities are located.

In a statement issued on Monday, Oct. 25, BuCor said it will “continue to exert effort in helping the government achieve its goal to protect the community against COVID-19.”

Latest vaccinations done involved 1,394 PDS at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City last Oct. 12 to 14.

BuCor Director General Gerald Q. Bantag had expressed the bureau’s gratitude to the Department of Health and the LGU of Muntinlupa City.

“The activity was concluded successfully with the help of DHS (BuCor Directorate for Health and Welfare Services), Infirmary staffs, Quick Response team, security personnel and office personnel,” Bucor said.