The Puerto Princesa City Jail (PPCJ) has instituted an Electronic Dalaw (E-Dalaw) system in lieu of visitation to limit physical contact with inmates and the risk of spreading coronavirus.

Under the program, inmates are allowed to make supervised outgoing calls and video conferencing with their families and relatives using electronic gadgets.

The program also includes allowing inmates the use of text messaging to contact their families.

F01 Filly Erika Argueza, community relations officer of the PPCJ, told Palawan News that they have opened their text and call services and extend the use of their E-Dalaw for persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) to contact their families during the COVID-10 crisis.

“Yong aming E-Dalaw ito po ay ating pinapatibay para magamit po ng mga PDLs natin and yong call and text din,” she said.

Arqueza said the PDLs will be the ones contacting their families using their cellphones and desktop computers.

“Yong call and text, hindi kami tumatanggap ng incoming calls. Puro outgoing calls lang po, si PDL mismo ang tatawag sa kanilang family, magpapalista sila at may time limit naman din ‘yong pagtawag sa E-Dalaw,” she said.

Here’s the schedule for E-Dalaw starting March 12 to 25:

Tuesday to Friday- 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday- 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There are two accounts where the families can reach the PDLs.

Skype Account: BJMP PPCJ E-DALAW
FB Messenger Account: PPCJ E-DALAW

The activity was initiated after the visitation was suspended.

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