By Rey Panaligan

No prisoner at the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City was affected by the ashfall from Taal Volcano, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said on Tuesday, January 14.

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The towering skyline of Metro Manila is barely seen as it is covered in a thick haze after being engulfed with volcanic ash as viewed from a deck in Antipolo city. The whole Metro was affected by the phreatic eruption of the Taal volcano. (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN)

“For now, they just need to do a lot of cleaning at NBP. No reports of problems or health-related issues as of now,” Guevarra said, quoting a report from Undersecretary Deo Marco.

He also said that based on Marco’s report, Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Gerald Bantag said “the situation is okay.”

“None of the persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) were exposed to the elements since they are inside covered areas,” Guevarra said.

Also quoting from Marco’s report, Guevarra said: “The PDLs have adequate accommodation inside the camps to protect them from such elements. If needed, partnerships with local hospitals may provide the needed medical attention for worst-case scenarios.”

There are about 29,000 PDLs inside NBP.

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