Separated by Covid: Inmates struggle to save relationships, mental health amid ban on visits

The ban on in-person visits was imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19. No one thought the set up would last so long, however.

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Breaking families apart

The ban on in-person visits was imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19. No one thought the set up would last so long, however.

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Shared sacrifice

Before the pandemic, it was unthinkable to cancel visits, especially in-person family visits. It is a right held dearest by the PDLs.

E-Dalaw

The BJMP, which is tasked to oversee the city jails, and the Bureau of Corrections, which handles state prisons, maximized the e-Dalaw system to keep PDLs connected to the outside world.

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Fighting buryong

At Manila City Jail, various programs were also organized to help the PDLs fight depression and loneliness.

10-second call

Lyn Mangrobang, 49, and her incarcerated husband are trying hard to make their relationship work. She wanted to call him every day, but the cost of phone calls was too steep.

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