The Pangasinan Provincial Jail issued a temporary suspension yesterday, February 12, of the regular visiting day (Saturday) and conjugal visits as a precautionary measure against the ongoing threat of the 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019 nCoV), renamed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
It can be recalled that the Department of Health (DOH) and Provincial Health Office (PHO) advised the public to avoid crowded places to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19.
Provincial Warden Ferdinand Natividad clarified that the temporary suspension is not a form restriction and harassment to persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) and their visitors.
“Ang hakbang na ito ay hindi isang uri ng paghihigpit o pang-gigipit bagkus ito ay isang hakbang para po sa kabutihan at kapakanan ng lahat lalo na sa ang mga nakapiit na mga PDLs at ganoon din ang mga empleyado ng provincial jail,” Natividad noted.
Furthermore, Pangasinan Provincial Jail stated that they will accommodate and deliver the food and consignments to the PDLs from visitors within the given day and hours of visit.
The provincial government is taking preventive measures to avoid COVID-19.
Earlier today, February 13, Governor Amado I. Espino III issued a public advisory on the postponement of events of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan in compliance with the recent advisories of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Health.
/Paula Jhea Sison