The receiving area of the essentials sent by the relatives and visitors of the persons deprived of liberty (PDL) in the Iwahig sub-colony. [Photo from IPPF PIO] \FILE PHOTO

The Iwahig Corrections Facility (ICF) has reopened its “paabot system” or acceptance of sent food and other essentials from relatives of persons deprived of liberty (PDL) inside its four sub-colonies.

CTO II Levi Evangelista, ICF information officer, said the prison management decided to reopen the paabot system on July 10 and continue it every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The additional support from the visitors and relatives of PDLs outside the prison will be helpful in the battle of the penal prison against the pandemic, he added.

“Tuloy-tuloy na ito, noong una ay kaunti pa lang pero noong nabalitaan na nila, noong weekend ay marami na nagpapaabot. Maganda ito dahil it will boost the morale of our PDLs, nakakatulong sa pagpapalakas uli ng immune system nila. Bukod sa binibigay ng gobyerno, malaking bagay ang partisipasyon ng kanilang mga mahal sa buhay,” he said.

However, the paabot system is still subject to change depending on the quarantine status being implemented in the city. The prison management said that it will comply with the guidelines of the city government.

“We hope and pray na pababa na ‘yong (cases ng) COVID. Kapag nagbaba ng bagong guidelines ang city, tayo ay susunod lang at malamang na maapektuhan uli ang ating paabot system. Habang wala pa tayong face-to-face na dalaw, malaking bagay na nakatutulong ito sa PDLs,” he said.

The ‘paabot system’ including the visiting privileges of the PDLs are both temporarily suspended since March 2020 to limit their exposure as a measure to contain the spread of the virus.

Relatives and visitors may leave the essential goods at the main gates of the four sub-colonies of ICF in Montible, Iwahig (Central), Sta. Lucia, and Inagawan.

Each package is subject to sanitation and inspection to ensure that no contrabands will enter the premises of the penal facility.