Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm, Puerto Princesa

(2.9/5 based on 180 reviews on the web)
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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  • I was amazed when my friend tour me in Iwahig. It was really an interesting place. A very big place for the inmate.Also their had an nearby swimming area inside the Iwahig. You can stop over in the co...  more »
  • Get a tricycle or van to take you there and you can freely wander around after a small admission fee. It's so interesting and fun meeting the prisoners, expect a small dance performance and lots of ha...  more »
  • a dreadful one hour drive by tricycle to get there from Puerto, 2,400 prisoners, 150 max security, 1,000+ medium and the rest minimum. You only meet the medium who are generally 20 years plus inmates,...  more »