THE Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail (MOPJ) launched on Wednesday, April 8, an electronic visit or "E-Dalaw" to allow inmates to talk to their families through video calling online amid the Covid-19 health crisis.
Governor Yevgeny Emano allowed this privilege to continually serve inmates in this time of crisis. Emano earlier ordered to suspend visiting rights of inmates as a precautionary measure against Covid-19.
Inmates who would avail themselves of this privilege have to follow guidelines and policies, such as registering their names and making reservations, and they have to take a bath first, wash their hands or use an alcohol and wear orange or white shirt before using the computer.
Only the in-charge protocol officer is allowed to touch the computer and detainees should not assist them.
Inmates are only allowed to use the E-Dalaw for 10 minutes to accommodate other detainees. They can only avail themselves of the privilege once a month.
The E-Dalaw will start from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays.
Jail officials assured that all video calls are monitored.
"Kung madunggan nga dili na maayo ang tumong sa gihisgutan kay makadaot, na kinahanglan kining pakgangon ug pahunongon sa protocol officer," the MOPJ said.
"Karon nga nakigbatok ta sa Covid. This is the best gift nga atong mahatag sa mga binilanggo," matud ni Emano.
"One way of showing our support to the province by providing connectivity. Very emotional and heartwarming ang atong first connectivity. Willing pod mi mosupport sa LGU as long as we have the capability to stay connectivity with the people in all walks of life," matud sa digital officer sa PLDT Smart Communication nga si Bernie Deatras.