About 500 inmates moved to Cebu City jail over landslide risk

Donna Lavares, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 30 2018 03:20 PM

CEBU CITY - Almost 500 inmates of the Naga City Jail in Cebu have been transferred to a new female dorm building here to give way to a plan to stabilize a cliff close to the facility.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau had proposed the transfer due to cracks seen on the cliff, which puts the city jail at risk of a landslide. 

"This is only for precautionary measures. The area is at risk to landslide. All inmates will stay there for 2 to 3 months only," said Senior Insp. Roly Bandeling, community relations service officer of the Naga City Jail.

Hundreds of Bureau of Jail Management and Penology personnel escorted the inmates during the transfer early Friday. The high-speed convoy reached the new Cebu City female dorm in 30 minutes. 

The inmates were then accommodated inside the new 4-story facility here. 

"Operations resume here and rest assured that there will be adjustments in terms of the visitation of inmates," said BJMP regional director Chief Supt. Paulino Moreno.

He said the local government is planning to transfer the jail facility to a new location, but the site and schedule of construction has yet to be determined.