CPDRC sets ‘iron fist policy’-A A +A
Monday, August 26, 2013
THE Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) tightened its security against illegal drugs and prostitution.
Consultant on jail matters Marco Toral said they will use drug-sniffing dogs to detect drugs from persons who will get inside the jail facility starting Sept. 8.
Toral said this will be done at random.
They will hire drug-sniffing dogs since it would cost much if the Province will purchase one.
“Anybody caught will be charged,” Toral said.
Earlier, Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III told the new Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Danilo Constantino to focus on illegal drugs since this is the common problem in the towns and cities.
Toral said they will implement an “iron fist policy” on Sept. 1 and reduce illegal drugs inside the CPDRC by 90 percent.
The jail guards will also search female visitors.
They have been following the ID system for every visitor who pays a visit to an inmate.
The CPDRC has also been strictly monitoring for possible prostitution inside.
Inmates’ partners also need to submit a barangay certificate as proof that they have been living together while the spouses will have to submit a marriage certificate to secure a visitor’s ID.
In August last year, a woman was recruited in Mindanao to work in Cebu, but was allegedly brought to the CPDRC and sold as a prostitute.
However, the jail consultant is confident that there is no more prostitution inside the jail facility.
The CPDRC has 26 cameras, but only 10 are working. Two of the ten functional cameras are on slow motion when viewed.
Toral said it may cost more than P75,000 for the repair of the cameras.
Last July 15, the inmates surrendered the things that are not allowed inside the jail facility.
These include 17 cellphones, 71 wood paddlers, bladed weapons, metal pipes and improvised heater.
Toral said they asked the inmates to turn over those things or they would conduct a greyhound operation.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 26, 2013.