THE Cebu City Jail (CCJ) will conduct a four-day dry run of face-to-face visitations starting on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022.

The practice was suspended in March 2020 by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology as part of efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease.

Jail Officer 3 Blanche Aliño, CCJ spokesperson, said they want to resume regular visits soon but thought a dry run was necessary to determine how many personnel will be needed to handle visitors.

Aliño pointed out that the CCJ has only 170 personnel to oversee 6,156 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs), 80 percent of whom are doing time for illegal drugs.

“The ratio is one personnel for every 36 PDLs,” she said in Cebuano.

During the dry run, visitors must present their vaccination cards to show they are fully vaccinated. If they have yet to be vaccinated, they must undergo an RT-PCR test.

As part of their dry run, the CCJ also requested visitors to bring only allowed clothing during their visits such as two plain yellow t-shirts, two pairs of thin and gartered shorts; two pairs of briefs and boxers.

If visitors plan to bring hygiene products inside the jail, they should bring only the following: three sachets of shampoo, three sachets of toothpaste, a bar of bath soap, two bars of laundry soap, two sachets of laundry powder, five sachets of fabric conditioner, three sachets of deodorant, a bottle of rubbing alcohol, and one box of face masks.

Visitors are allowed to bring in maintenance medicines and vitamins but are prohibited from bringing in ointment, cream and liquid medicines.

Visitors are also allowed to bring in food provided that the viands are placed in three tubs of 750 milliliter (ml) transparent containers and the cooked rice should be placed in a transparent 1,000 ml container.

However, the CCJ is prohibiting visitors from bringing in bola-bola (meatballs), lumpia (spring rolls), chorizo (sausages), sliced bread, bananas and grapes.

Meanwhile, she said they will allow the use of the conjugal room for those who will request it. She said the CCJ management is aware that the PDLs have not seen their loved ones in over two years.

The CCJ has 10 conjugal rooms that will be available between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

“That’s the mandate from above. Once we allow jail visits, all visitors must comply with requirements,” Aliño said in Cebuano. (BBT, JKV / PJB)