Cebu prison now houses more than double its capacity

  • Cebu prison is so overcrowded and currently houses more than double its capacity
  • Its capacity is 1,500 and its current jail population is at 3,008
  • Expansion plan and repair of dilapidated cells are underway

Famous for its dancing inmates, the Cebu prison has become overcrowded and currently house more than double its capacity, as revealed by the warden.

Romeo Manansala, the warden of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC), sent a memo to the provincial police office stating that there is no more space for new inmates.

The current jail population is at 3,008, which is beyond the capacity of 1,500,” Manansala was quoted noting in the memo as mentioned in a story by Ryan Macasero on Rappler.

According to Manansala, overcrowding has led to poor health condition for inmates as he stressed that 10 inmates died in less than two months; with most of them suffering cardiac arrest brought about by pneumonia.

On the other hand, Director Jose Macanas revealed that the province has seen a dramatic increase in the number of arrests since last May when Pres. Rodrigo Duterte won the election and vowed to wage a “bloody” war against illegal drugs trade.

As such, Macanas said that prisoners will have to be housed in the municipal jails until the cases of those in the CPDRC are resolved.

In addition to this, Macanas pointed out another possible option which is to ask prisons in other provinces to accept inmates.

Meanwhile, Manansala said an order to temporarily stop accepting prisoners was approved by Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III.

Acceptance of inmates, Davide disclosed, will only be made possible if there is a court order. The rest will have to be detained in municipal or city jails around the province.

Furthermore, Davide said plans to expand the provincial jail and repair dilapidated cells to ease congestion is underway as he added that the provincial engineer has been directed to come up with a design for the expanded jail.