Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm, Puerto Princesa

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For an eye-opening experience, head to Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm. The prison was originally built in 1904 during the American occupation to home prisoners who were fighting against American colonization. Interestingly, in 1959 the government decided to distribute colonial land for cultivation to deserving colonists. Prisoners were divided into settlers and colonists, and those settlers who were approved were granted land to cultivate and develop. Today, the prisoners live in dormitories and work on various agricultural projects within the prison farm (except for high security prisoners). Visit the souvenir shop, where you’ll find various products on sale, all made from recycled materials and by the prisoners themselves. Money raised through the sale of souvenirs goes to supporting the prisoners' families. Use our Puerto Princesa travel itinerary maker to visit Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm on your trip to Puerto Princesa, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • During our city tour of Puerto Princesa, we made a stop a this prison and penal farm. Considered one of the oldest in the Philippines, visitors of this place would most probably be amazed of how much ...  more »
  • what struck me is the management of the farm and the prisoners. they are given another chance to showcase their talent it to people and hopefully their families. we met some prisoners who entertained ...  more »
  • the inmates roam around freely. Some, perhaps all, have jobs. Planting vegies, caring for the animals running a store etc. Ther are a number of animals running around. I saw cows, chickens,goats, dogs...  more »

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