Inmates of Lumbia City Jail in Cagayan de Oro City can soon communicate with their families and loved ones thru the video chat app Skype as part of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology’s e-Dalaw program.
The city government through the Hapsay Buhay program in partnership with the Department of Information, Communication Technology (DICT) and BJMP recently held an orientation for inmates last May 19, 2017 where the DICT is set to give 3 computer sets for the e-Dalaw program.
The e-Dalaw or ‘electronic visit’ program was first introduced in 2011 at Quezon City Jail and has since been adopted by other jail facilities in the country. In other detention facilities where it is already operational, an inmate can use Skype for a maximum of 5 minutes where the conversation will be monitored by BJMP personnel. Also, an email request will have to be sent to the jail facility management to include the name of the inmate and the schedule of the ‘online meeting’.
The e-Dalaw allows inmates to reconnect with their families and loved ones who are distant or have no time for a direct visit.