Another BJMP personnel tests positive for COVID
ILOILO City – A second personnel of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Region 6 tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The 90 other BJMP-6 personnel would undergo tests, too, on May 20. According to Jail Senior Superintendent Gilbert Peremne, BJMP-6 assistant director for administration, specimens for testing were extracted from the second jail officer on May 12, the day the 14-day quarantine ended. Peremne assured the people of Western Visayas that the bureau was continuously monitoring the health of all inmates in the region. The first BJMP-6 personnel to test positive for COVID-19was part of the 20 frontline jail officers subjected to testing on April 20. “If the results of their tests are all negative for COVID-19, they would be turning to work,” said Peremne. People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales./PN The first COVID-19-positive BJMP-6 personnel, 31 years old and assigned as the regional office’s driver, was asymptomatic and immediately placed at the isolation facility in his hometown, Zarraga, Iloilo. This jail officer is now in isolation at the Western Visayas Sanitarium in Santa Barbara, Iloilo. BJMP, an attached agency of the Department of Interior and Local Government, supervises the administration and operation of all district, city and municipal jails. There is not a single COVID-19 case among inmates so far, he stressed. “Wala ina sia naka-travel to other places. Even before the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in Iloilo, naka-lockdown ahead kami tanan nga BJMP personnel as a precautionary measure,” stressed Peremne. He was one of the 91 BJMP-6 personnel classified as persons under monitoring right after the regional jail bureau recorded its first COVID-19 case on April 26; they were immediately put on a 14-day quarantine beginning April 28.