Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm, Puerto Princesa

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. Add Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm to your Puerto Princesa travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Puerto Princesa visit planner .
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  • The history of the Iwahig farm dates back to the Spanish time, when Puerto Princesa was chosen as a place where offenders sentenced to banishment were exiled. During the American occupation, however, ...  more »
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  • A prison without cells or fences. One of the most innovative institutions of President Marcos. The colors of the clothes stand out the degree of punishment that guests must pay. Working in the fields for the Government, can live in homes with their families. You can meet to share their moments and to buy their products. A real recovery tool, with very human characteristics. It is worth.
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