CPDRC dance show may continue

The regular monthly presentation of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) dancing inmates may continue while the neophyte Capitol administration seeks advice from veteran provincial officials.

Governor Hilario Davide III admitted that he is still unsure if he will stop the monthly performance of the inmates. But he recognized that they have become popular since their video clip was uploaded in a video-sharing website.

“Sikat na kaayo gud na, tun-an nato na. Magpadayon gyud siguro na kay tingali because they provide entertainment it has just become a tourist attraction,” said Davide, who plans to take the matter up with Vice Governor Agnes Magpale and the Board Members.

The dancing inmates hold dance performances every last Saturday of the month for public viewing. This has been continued by Vice Governor Agnes Magpale when she took over as acting governor last December in lieu of then Governor Gwendolyn Garcia in the latter’s suspension.

Davide also continued the policy of Magpale concerning the admission of prisoners at CPRDC. He said CPDRC is now overcrowded. If there are prisoners who will request to be imprisoned at CPDRC for various reasons, it will never accept without his approval.

CPRDRC can only accomodate 1,200 inmates but recently it has around 1,600 prisoners.

Confidential staff, casual employees

Meanwhile, Davide has formally sworn into office his confidential staff.

They are Atty. Ramil Abing as Chief of Staff, Provincial Administrator Atty. Mark Tolentino, Provincial Information Officer Ethel Natera, Provincial Legal Officer Orvi Ortega and two executive assistants Zuzette Tudtud and James Canoy.

However, Davide is still undecided on the fate of the casual employees of the Capitol.

Davide said he already issued a memorandum for the casual employees to return to their respective mother units but others requested to remain in their detailed posts. He said they will be treated on a case-to-case basis depending on their justifications.

On his first of office on Monday, Davide reinstated Eva Encabo as Provincial General Services Officer (PGSO). Encabo replaced Bernard Calderon, who was PSGO head during the time of Garcia.

Davide said his first day of office was very hectic but was very good. He claimed he was warmly received by the Capitol employees when he visited their respective offices. Davide also delivered a speech at the Provincial Board session in the afternoon.


On his Statement of Assets, Liabilities Net Worth (SALN), Davide said he already filled out his form but he still needs time to review it. All government officials are required by law to submit their SALNs. “As a public official, we have to obey the law,” he said.

The governor is also willing to attend the training offered by the Ombudsman for the newly-elected public officials depending on the subject matter.He said before assumed office, he already underwent a three-day seminar offered by University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance.