CIW allows only vaccinated persons to visit inmates in its ‘Paabot System’

Published November 12, 2021, 3:06 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

Correctional Institution for Women

“Only persons who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)” are allowed by the Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City to hand over items to inmates under its “Paabot System.”

The vaccination requirement was one of the guidelines issued by the CIW to enhance further its safety measures to protect the health of the persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) in the institution and beef up its security.

Among the guidelines in its “Paabot System” are:

Only fully vaccinated individual shall be allowed to enter the receiving area. Vaccination cards must be presented upon entry.

Persons below 18 years old or above 65 years old, as well as pregnant women and immunocompromised, are now allowed.

Intoxicated persons or those under the influence of illegal drugs are banned from entering the compound.

Relatives and visitors of PDLs can bring items only on Saturdays.

Food to be handed to PDLs must not exceed five kilos and must be packed in plastic bags or canisters.

Cash to be given to PDLs must not exceed P2,000; personal hygiene items must be in bottles not more than 125 milligrams, alcohol should not be more than 500 milligrams, and only medicines prescribed by physicians and vitamins good for one month are allowed.

Entry of medicines and other medical needs shall be approved only by the designated Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Medical Officer.

Packages must come in a proper and allowed container and will be subjected to thorough inspection.

Items not allowed are clothes, liquor, sharp objects and groceries unless approved by the chief overseer.

PDLs under disciplinary control are not entitled to food privilege until they have completed the disciplinary period.