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BuCor resumes visitation at NBP, CIW

The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on Thursday announced that visitation has resumed at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) and the Correction Institute for Women (CIW), more than two weeks after several persons deprived of liberty tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the BuCor, both facilities are now free of COVID-19 cases.

CIW Superintendent Elsa Alabado, however, said that one CIW personnel is still undergoing isolation but will be back to work this week.

Meanwhile, BuCor Health and Services Director Maria Cecilia Villanueva said visitors at the NBI are still required to present a negative antigen test result taken 24 hours before the visit. The wearing of face masks is also mandatory.

Visitation is open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

According to Villanueva, PDL commanders of the maximum security compound also requested BuCor to assign a room at the new NBP hospital for teleconferencing or virtual consultations.

She said this is still subject to deliberations.

The commanders present were also subjected to random drug tests, for which they all tested negative. — RSJ, GMA Integrated News