The Iwahig Corrections Facility (ICF) said it has lifted the ban on the use of cellular phones within its compound and the other subcolonies.

The lifting was done 10 days after it was imposed by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on October 1 on seven corrections facilities in the country.

ICF spokesperson and corrections technical officer II Levi Evangelista said Sunday that BuCor ordered it lifted on October 10 after clarifications were sought by employees.

He said they reverted back to the usual procedures of using cellular phones inside their correction facility.

“October 1 ibinaba ‘yong ban sa amin na employees na i-prohibit kami (BuCor employees) using cellphones during our duty, even the superintendent ay hindi gumagamit ng cellphone. But on October 10, nagbaba ng panibagong order at nililimitahan na lang ang paggamit ng cellphone doon sa compound kapag papasok ‘yong personnel,” he said.

He said employees are already back to using their cellphones during the office hours and performance of their duties in the administration building.

Cellular phones of BuCor personnel that will go to prison camps will be left in the possession of the guard on duty for compliance with the order.

He said tourists and visitors will still not be allowed to use their cellphones when they enter the premises of the penal facilities for security reasons, unless they are authorized by the security personnel and superintendent.

“Nakita siguro ng national headquarters ‘yong need officially in the performance of our duty na kailangan din namin syempre gumamit ng cellphone like kung mag-communicate sa central office, pag-inquire ng mga official correspondents. Even the superintendent, of course, ay marami rin tumatawag, kaya na-lift,” he said.