COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City Government protests the transfer of 18 PDLs with COVID-19 to New Bilibid Prison
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi is denouncing and protesting the transfer of 18 Persons Deprived of Liberty from the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City who tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to the New Bilibid Prison located in Muntinlupa City.
Fresnedi expressed his disappointment over the transfer saying that the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) did not inform the City Government when it transferred the prisoners to Muntinlupa on April 21.
“Coordination for the transfer of PDLs who are confirmed COVID-19 cases was not facilitated by BuCor to the local government. We were surprised to know about it from sources outside BuCor. We are all trying to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Muntinlupa and the transfer should not be done as it poses threat to the health of Muntinlupa residents,” the local exec said.
Fresnedi added that the local government has no information as to how the PDLs were transferred and if BuCor has followed protocols on safe patient transport for COVID-19 as provided by the Department of Health.
The Muntinlupa City Council is set to convene for a special session to file a protest opposing the transfer of confirmed COVID-19 PDLs from CIW. Congressman Ruffy Biazon expressed his support for the protest.
The City Government earlier announced that it will start to isolate suspect and probable cases in quarantine centers as a mitigation initiative to prevent sustained transmission in the communities.
A field hospital and isolation rooms have been constructed in Ospital ng Muntinlupa to accommodate suspect, probable, and confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Muntinlupa Public Information Officer Tez Navarro said the local government is considering to implement “pocket lockdown” in areas with high concentration of confirmed, suspect, and probable cases of COVID-19.
Navarro added that the unique measure aims to prevent the movement of suspected carriers and curb the spread of the virus in the communities.
Muntinlupa City has also enforced a 24-hour curfew, anti-hoarding ordinance, closure of malls and other non-essential establishments, ban in the sale, delivery and consumption of liquor and other alcoholic drinks, and ban on spitting and disposal of personal protective equipment in public places.
As of April 21, Muntinlupa City Health Office recorded 126 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city with 17 deaths and 14 recovered cases. According to the local health office, there are 23 “suspect” cases and 236 “probable” cases in Muntinlupa to date.
This is an official Press Release issued by the City Government of Muntinlupa. Some parts were edited for this website.
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