Over 1K Mandaue PDL register to vote, get national ID

PERSONS deprived of liberty (PDL) in Mandaue City will get the chance to vote and participate in other aspects of national life after personnel from two government entities gave them access to services last week.

The six-day onsite registration for the national ID concluded on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, with the registration of 1,506 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) and 106 personnel and jail officer trainees at the Mandaue City Jail-Male Dormitory, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology MCJ-Male Dormitory revealed on its Facebook page Friday.

The ID registration was made possible through the deployment of six staff members of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Provincial Office beginning on Sept. 1.

Securing the country’s official national ID opens doors and makes it easier for individuals to apply for or register for various services at both public and private establishments.

But it wasn’t only PSA personnel that paid the jail a visit.

On Thursday, Sept. 9, the Commission on Elections also conducted an onsite registration there, enabling 171 PDL and six jail personnel to register.

This would enable qualified PDL to vote in the May 2022 elections.

Under The Bureau of Corrections Act of 2013, a PDL is defined as “a detainee, inmate, or prisoner, or other person under confinement or custody in any other manner.”

PDL whose conviction is not yet final and executory are allowed to vote. (CTL)