Mandaue City Jail inmates to spend New Year’s Day with loved ones

INMATES of the Mandaue City Jail will be able to spend Dec. 31 and New Year’s Day with their families.

The jail management will allow the whole-day visit of the inmates’ relatives on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.

JSupt. Gil Inopia, warden for the boys’ dormitory, said they will extend their family day, which is every Sunday, to Dec. 31 and New Year’s Day to allow inmates to spend time with family members from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Up to five family members per inmate will be allowed inside jail premises.

On regular days when visitors are allowed, which is from Tuesday to Thursday, visiting hours are from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. only. On Saturdays and Sundays, visitors are allowed to stay from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Madala na gyud nila ilang mga anak ug uban pang relatives as long as naa silay valid ID. Mao na ang basis nga pasudlon sila (They can bring their children and other relatives as long as they can present a valid ID. They can enter only if they have a valid ID),” said Inopia.

He said the jail will be on red alert status on those days and stricter security measures will be in place.

In a separate interview, S/Insp. Pauline Bajar-Omega said they will also subject all visitors and their belongings to a thorough search procedure. All jail officers will be on duty on those days.

Inopia urged the family of the inmates to refrain from bringing plenty of food and belongings to hasten the search and to avoid congestion at the receiving area.

“If many visitors will show up, we will advise those who entered in the morning to stay only until after lunch so we can accommodate the others. But if the crowd is manageable, we can let them stay until 5 p.m.,” said Inopia.

The purpose of the whole-day visit is to give inmates a chance to celebrate New Year with their family members, he added. (KFD)