It’s better late than never for e-dalaw in Cebu. After 3 years, the system has finally reached the Lapu-Lapu City Jail.
E-dalaw, introduced in Manila last 2011, connects inmates to their families outside bars who either cannot visit them personally because of distance and other reasons. Using the audio/video and chat application Skype, detainees can talk to their loved ones for a maximum of 15 minutes daily so all the requests will be accommodated. The e-dalaw will be monitored by a jail officer and only sites like Facebook messenger and e-mail approved by the management are allowed. In Manila, relatives have to send an email request to the management’s skype account one week before the call. The request will have to provide the name of the inmate, when and what time the call shall be made.
There will also be an agreement signed by the inmates before they get to avail of the program. E-dalaw aims not only to connect families and decongest the facility during visiting hours, but also to minimize the number of inmates who would want to escape the prison. A religious group was said to have donated computer sets to the Lapu-Lapu facility which helped realize the program initiated by Lapu-Lapu Jail warden Reynante Rubio.